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Virtual meet held to promote growth of companies in the MENA region
DP World, UAE Region and Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) organised a webinar for Japanese companies operating in the UAE.
The webinar shed light on the initiatives taken by them to tackle the unforeseen challenges that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring business continuity and promoting the well-being and safety of the community.
It also assessed future opportunities that will enable companies to grow regionally. The webinar was supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai, Japan Business Council (JBC) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Dubai.
Key speakers included His Excellency Sekiguchi Noboru, Consul General of Japan in Dubai; Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer, DP World UAE Region; Naoyuki Okuya, Managing Director, Denso Middle East (JBC’s Jafza Committee President for 2020) and Masami Ando, Managing Director, JETRO Dubai.
Japan is one of Jafza's key trade partners. In 2019, Jafza’s total trade value with Japan stood at around AED 13.8 billion, making Japan Jafza’s eighth-largest partner by trade value.
Jafza is working with several Japanese trade promotion bodies and other institutions to strengthen Japanese presence in the region by attracting companies from diverse sectors.
Japanese companies play a pivotal role in stimulating trade between Jafza and various regional countries due to the high export competitiveness enjoyed by Jafza, regionally and globally.