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Chinese delegation from Shenzhen visits Dubai to share expertise

26.06.2019

Visit is part of the cooperation between the two cities

  • Abdulla Al Basti: The visit by the Chinese delegation opens doors for both cities to expand cooperation by covering areas of mutual interest

  • Al Basti and Weizhong Wang discuss avenues to strengthen economic and investment relations between Dubai and Shenzhen

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 June 2019: His Excellency Abdulla Basti, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Dubai, stressed today that Dubai is focused on its efforts to take a leadership position across a number of key strategic sectors by strengthening its partnerships with international cities.

Dubai’s efforts reinforce the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, to establish productive partnerships with the world’s leading cities and adopt international best practice to help Dubai enhance its position as an attractive hub for investment, he added.

This came off the back of a meeting between HE Abdullah Basti and a high-ranking delegation from Shenzhen City, China, headed by His Excellency Wang Weizhong, Deputy Secretary of CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee and Secretary of CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee.

The delegation is currently on an official two-day visit to Dubai to learn about the Dubai Government’s achievements in key sectors like technology, trade, finance, manufacturing and SMEs, as part of the joint cooperation agreement signed by the two cities last December.

Shenzhen is a microcosm and reflection of the major strides China has made following the implementation of its ‘opening doors to other countries’ policy. Shenzhen is considered a market leader across three key sectors: high-tech equipment manufacturing, logistics and distributions and finance, in addition to being the largest producer of computer hardware and telecommunication devices in China.

Al Basti added: “This visit enables us to shed light on Dubai’s experience, in addition to our capabilities and achievements in the business and innovation fields. The visit comes at a time when UAE-China relations are seeing significant development across all sectors. This opens doors for both cities to expand cooperation in other sectors to include advanced technology, artificial intelligence, logistics, and trade - all of which are currently the key drivers of global economic growth.”

 

Business Meeting

Al Basti met with H.E. Weizhong Wang and the delegation at Emirates Towers, in the presence of H.E. Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development; H.E. Hamad Buamim, Chairman and CEO of Dubai Chamber; H.E. Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation; H.E. Arif Amiri, CEO of Dubai International Financial Centre Authority; and H.E. Abdulla Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economic Development Centre.

The meeting explored a number of avenues to strengthen economic and investment relations between the two cities and to diversify their plans towards achieving their developmental goals. The meeting also discussed ways of strengthening economic relations between the UAE and China to build new potential partnerships.

Visits

As part of the meeting, the Chinese delegation visited Dubai Future Foundation, the Government Accelerators, Area 2071 and Burj Khalifa, during which they were introduced to a number of initiatives that aim to boost its competitiveness in line with its strategic plans and vision to lead in all competitiveness indexes. The delegation praised the pioneering initiatives and services launched by the Government of Dubai to boost the happiness of UAE residents and visitors and to create a conducive environment for business and investment.

Dubai: A Model for Other Cities

Commenting on their visit to Dubai, H.E. Weizhong Wang said: “Dubai enjoys a strong international reputation as a promising economic hub, offering a model that other cities can follow in utilising advanced technology to drive development. We are happy to bolster our ties with such a vibrant city and emphasise our common desire to broaden our collaboration efforts at all levels and activate the joint cooperation agreement between our cities.”

The Chinese delegation also included Cai Ying Director General, Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government; Nie Xinping, Director General of Office of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, CPC Shenzhen Municipal Commission and Reform and Development Commission of Shenzhen Municipality; Zhang Jihong, Director General, Education Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality; Wang Youming, Director General, Commerce Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality; Xuan Chen, Secretary to Mr. WANG Weizhong; Yang Siqi, Chinese-English Interpreter, Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government; Li Xuhang, China General Consul Dubai, Luo Zhenhua, President of DJI; Liu Jian, Vice President of ZTE; Shen Dan, Vice President of Tecent; Huang Jianbin, Senior VP of Lexin; Zhang Qian, Director, General Affairs Office of CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee; Zhou Jianxiong, Deputy Director, Shenzhen Municipal Foreign Affairs Office; QI Wei, Chief Correspondent, Shenzhen Press Group; and Wu Jian, Deputy Director of Press Center, Shenzhen Media Group.

The visit by the delegation follows an MoU signing in December between Dubai and Shenzhen City. The MoU stated that the two cities will cooperate to achieve prosperity and development in a number of different sectors of common interest.