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 SAIF ZONE showcases its role in boosting UAE-Japan trade at Tokyo show


​Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE) and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA), led a high-level delegation to Tokyo to further explore the Japan market in order to utilize its potential for both sides.

The team, comprising of Raed Bukhatir , Deputy Commercial Director, Wafa Balaswad, Marketing Manager and Boutheina Manai, Integrated Marketing Communications Officer actively participated in the recently concluded Nepcon Japan, Asia's largest exhibition for electronics.

"Trade between the UAE and Japan has been prospering and the value of two-way trade between Japan and the UAE during the first six months of 2014 was US$25.92 billion," Al Mazrouei pointed out. "Sharjah Airport International Free Zone has a keen interest in many firms in Japan and the show gathered a variety of exhibitors especially from automotive electronics and renewable energy. We met investors from different sectors and visited some well-known companies."

Nepcon Japan is rated as the best way to attract businesses from across Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. The 43-year old event has grown to become the largest electronics packaging and production show and attracted 1,767 exhibitors and 61,896 visitors from different countries in 2014.

According to statistics, Japan's exports to the UAE surged by nearly 13 percent to US$4.59 billion, and imports by 2.76 percent to US$21.34 billion during the first six months of 2014.

The UAE is Japan's 5th largest export destina­tion of passenger vehicles in the world, after the USA, China, Russia and Canada.

Notable increases in exports from Japan to the UAE were registered for general machinery, iron and steel products, optical and photo­graphic products.