A high level delegation from the Sharjah Airport International Free
Zone (SAIF Zone), and the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, HFZA, yesterday
participated in the 9th edition of the World Chambers Congress, being
held in Turin, Italy, to seek opportunities for trade relations with
Speaking to the Italian News Agency, Agi, Saud Salim Al Mazrouei,
Director of HFZA and SAIF Zone, said, "The UAE is one of the most
interesting countries for Italian exports in the Arab world, which is
shown in the fact that the Italian Industry and Commerce Office opened a
branch in the Emirate of Sharjah in 1999."
During the event, the Director of HFZA received the Mayor of
Turin, Piero Fassino, and the President of the Turin Chamber of
Commerce, Vincenzo Ilotte, who both visited the Sharjah Free Zone stand.
Al Mazrouei said that HFZA has a strategic location near the port
with thousands of industrial activities, including 56 Italian
companies, while SAIF Zone, which is located close to the airport, is
more suitable for small and medium sized enterprises and hosts around
6,700 companies, 86 of which are Italian. "I hope that the growing
interest in the UAE will lead to an increase in investments from Italian
companies, notably in the machinery sector and the food industry," said
Al Mazrouei went on to say that Sharjah is considered the
industrial and cultural capital of the UAE and has 33% of the companies
in the country. "We want to encourage businessmen interested in other
markets, such as the Middle East, but also Africa and Asia," he said.
Al Mazrouei told Agi that currently, German, French and English
companies are the most active in the area, but, "We are strongly
interested in attracting Italian small and medium sized enterprises."
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