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BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry opens UAE Chapter

The BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BRICS CCI), a not-for-profit organisation, recognised by the UN that promotes commerce and industry in the BRICS and other friendly nations has officially launched its UAE Chapter. UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran and Ethiopia joined BRICS on January 1, 2024, doubling its membership to 10, with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa being the original members. 
The launch of the UAE chapter office holds significant importance as the UAE aligns itself with the BRICS alliance, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. This marks a pivotal moment in the region's economic trajectory, paving the way for unparalleled collaboration and growth opportunities across various sectors.
The Chief Guest for the evening was Abdulla Al Hashmi, Chief Operating Officer - Parks & Zones, DP World GCC. The guest list featured representation from the BRICS+ nations, including diplomats- Sidney Leon Romeiro, Ambassador of Brazil; Andrew Tsepo Lebona, Consul General, South Africa in Dubai & Northern Emirates; Oleg Lavrik, Founder and Vice Chairman, Russian Business Council; Aklilu Kebede, Consul General, the Consulate General of Ethiopia; Ashraf Hamdy, the Commercial Consul, Consulate General of Egypt and Reza Amiri, Ambassador, Iran.
The diverse and dynamic gathering included luminaries such as Rizwan Sajan. Distinguished Members of the BRICS CCI Governing Body also graced the event, including Sameep Shastri, Ruhail Ranjan, Prann Sharma, Ruby Sinha, Shabana Nasim and Gulshan Narang along with BRICS CCI secretariat represented by Ankita Sachdev, Joint Director BRICS CCI. 
In his opening remarks, Al Hashmi, said: “At DP World, our goal is to seamlessly connect economies to global trade networks, and through our integrated supply chain solutions and the strategic location of Jebel Ali, we stand ready to facilitate the trade corridors between the BRICS members.”
Sajan said: “BRICS countries which have joined has doubled compared to what it was earlier. And I'm sure more and more countries are going to join, and this will help in improving the economic relationship between all the countries. I want to congratulate all the countries who have joined and wish them all the best.”
Global partnerships
Shastri said: "This momentous occasion reflects our unwavering commitment to fostering global partnerships, bilateral trade and driving economic growth. With the UAE joining the BRICS alliance, the possibilities for collaboration are endless, and we are excited to embark on this spectacular journey together."
Ansh Virmani, Country Director, BRICS CCI UAE chapter, said: “The inauguration of the BRICS CCI UAE Chapter signifies more than just an event; it epitomises the organisation's dedication to forging a more interconnected and prosperous world. The stage is now set for unparalleled collaboration and growth, with BRICS CCI poised to be a guiding light for economic diplomacy in the UAE.”
A symbolic logo unveiling added a touch of grandeur to the proceedings, marking the beginning of a new era for BRICS CCI in the UAE. The unveiled logo symbolised the organisation's commitment to fostering collaboration and acting as a catalyst for economic growth.--TradeArabia News Service