The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has over 12,000 African companies registered with it and operating in Dubai.
Its non-oil trade with Africa grew from United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) 84.4 billion in 2011 to AED 118 billion in 2014, registering about 40 per cent growth.
The Dubai Chamber is one of the few chambers in the world with representative offices in foreign markets.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of DCCI, Mr Hamad Buamim, who disclosed this said the Dubai Chamber had two offices in Africa, namely Ghana and Ethiopia and was aiming at opening two new chambers by the end of the first quarter of 2016 in Mozambique and Kenya.
He said the chamber was also studying the possibility of opening more offices in Uganda and Angola.
He was addressing 12 journalists from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa and Uganda during their visit to the chamber in Dubai to familiarise themselves with operations there.
The journalists, who were invited by the Dubai Chamber, had the opportunity to observe a session of the chamber as well as the chamber’s one-stop-shop approach to transacting business.
Dubai’s non-oil trade with Ghana, others
The CEO of the DCCI disclosed that the chamber’s non-oil trade with Ghana grew from AED 3.0 billion in 2010 to AED 6.0 billion in 2014, registering a 100 per cent growth.
He said the non-oil trade with Ghana for the first quarter of this year stood at AED 1.3 billion.
The CEO said Dubai’s non-oil trade with Egypt grew from AED 7.2 billion in 2010 to AED 16.0 billion in 2014, registering a 122 per cent growth, while that for the first quarter of the year with Egypt registered AED 3.7 billion.
The CEO added that the non-oil trade with Nigeria grew from AED 2.8 billion in 2010 to AED 5.5 billion in 2014, registering a 96.4 per cent growth, while the trade for the first quarter of this year registered AED 1.5 billion.
With South Africa, he said the non-oil trade grew from AED 5.5 billion in 2010 to AED 9.6 billion in 2014, registering a 74.5 per cent growth, while the trade for the first quarter of the year registered AED 1.8 billion.
The trade with Kenya grew from AED 3.1 billion in 2010 to AED 4 billion in 2014, thereby registering a growth of 29 per cent, while that for the first part of this year stood at AED 931 million.
The trade with Uganda grew from AED 585 million in 2013 to AED 616 million in 2014, registering a 5.3 per cent growth and registering AED 171 million for the first part of the year.
Registered companies in Dubai
Mr Buamim said there were currently 27 Ghanaian companies registered with the Dubai Chamber and operating in Dubai, while Egypt had 1,683 companies registered with the chamber. Kenya has 242 and Nigeria has 304 registered companies operating there as well.
He said South Africa had 115 companies registered and operating in Dubai, while Uganda has 30.
The CEO also announced that Egypt was ranked 23rd on Dubai’s list of trading partners worldwide, with South Africa taking the 30th position and Ghana placing 44th.
He said Nigeria took the 46th position, Kenya was ranked 49th and Uganda was 112th on Dubai’s list of trading partners worldwide.
Dubai Chamber’s 50th anniversary
The DCCI President announced that the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was established in 1965, was celebrating its milestone anniversary of 50 years.
A non-profit public entity, he said, the Dubai Chamber supported Dubai’s vision as a global player by empowering businesses, providing innovative value added services and access to influential networks.