DUBAI: Dubai Chamber of commerce and Industry organised 63 business webinars in the second quarter of 2020, which were attended by 3,500 business leaders, investors and industry stakeholders in the UAE and abroad.
Meanwhile, the Chamber’s representative offices in Africa, Eurasia and Latin America held 533 virtual meetings with business people who are considering investing in Dubai.
International offices organised 11 virtual events during the same period, providing participants with valuable information about Dubai’s economy, business environment and competitive advantages offered to foreign companies and investors, as well as attractive trade and investment opportunities in the UAE and emerging markets.
Dubai Startup Hub hosted 23 virtual events, the highest number among Dubai Chamber initiatives, which shed light on banking and funding issues faced by SMEs impacted by Covid-19, collaboration opportunities between Indian and UAE fintech startups and effective strategies to help startups build an online presence. Online training programmes also assisted aspiring entrepreneurs with pitching their businesses to prospective investors.
In addition, the Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business organised 10 webinars focusing on new measures to ensure employee health and safety, sustainability best practices, employee volunteering anddigital skills, while the Legal Services Department hosted three webinars examining the legal implications of Covid-19 on business, commercial leases and contractual agreements.
H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explained that the recently held webinars and virtual meetings are part of Dubai Chamber’s comprehensive plan to ensure business continuity through digital platforms and help companies deal with the impact of Covid-19.
He noted that the Chamber succeeded in turning challenges created by the pandemic into opportunities as it leveraged advanced digital infrastructure to the benefit of its members, adding that the organisation’s investments in technology over the years have enabled it to serve the business community under unprecedented circumstances and meet the changing needs of Dubai businesses.
Dubai Chamber currently provides 50 e-services through its website and smart applications. The services include certificates of origin, membership, attestation, ATA Carnets, legal inquires, smart mediation, credit rating and CSR Label, among many others.
Earlier this year, the Chamber launched a new electronic attestation service and the authentication of signatures on documents, which raised the percentage of smart transformation of core services to 98 per cent.