28th January, 2016
The first of the Chamber’s popular members’ networking events of 2016 took place on the afternoon of 28th January.
Ten member companies from various industries delivered five-minute presentations in front of an audience of ABCC members, non-members and other guests.
Mark Njoroge, ABCC Financial Controller with responsibilities for membership, welcomed all the visitors to the event. He thanked members for their support on behalf of the Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby, the Chamber’s Secretary General & CEO, and Rt Hon Baroness Symons, the Chairman of the Chamber. He told the meeting that the ABCC was planning a busy programme of activities for 2016 and stressed that the Chamber was keen to work more closely with its members. Mr Njoroge announced that the Chamber’s new website would be launched soon.
Mr Abdeslam El-Idrissi, ABCC Director of Trade Services, delivered a presentation during which he looked at the key current and forthcoming opportunities in the Arab markets and the potential openings for UK business. He pointed out that the Chamber had now been supporting Arab-British trade for 40 years and was able to offer a range of expert advice and services to member companies. Mr El-Idrissi announced a programme of business events in 2016 with a focus on “opportunities” in key Arab markets, and which would start with Qatar, followed by Kuwait, Morocco and Tunisia later in the year. He also announced the establishment of the Shurooq Secretariat at the Chamber following a formal agreement signed between the ABCC and Shurooq (Sharjah Investment & Development Authority).
The member presentations were delivered in the following sequence.