Asia & Africa CommitteeIncoming Visitors


Furthering Ties with Dubai

Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Nigel Collett held a video conference with the management team of Dubai South on 30 June. Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of Logistics at Dubai South; Tanoon Saif, CEO of Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub; and Nabil Alkindi, CEO of Dubai South Properties, joined the online meeting. Ahmad introduced Dubai South, an emerging 145-sq-km government-owned, master-planned city. It is projected to sustain a population of a million and act as an economic platform to create 500,000 jobs in logistics, aviation, e-commerce, real estate and many more sectors. The two sides discussed how they can collaborate to better inform members interested in doing business in the region.


Asia & Africa Committee Meeting

The Asia and Africa Committee held its committee meeting on 11 June. Mr Hoang T. Duong, Partner of Head of Integrated International Tax and Chief Representative of KPMG in Danang, presented members an update on Vietnam-EU trade pact and recent developments with China. He told members that the EU-Vietnam FTA (“EVFTA”) would give Vietnam an edge in trading over other ASEAN countries. The strong commitment to open markets in EVFTA is expected to boost Vietnam-EU trade relations, helping to further increase Vietnam's exports turnover and contribute around 4.5% to the country’s GDP.

Following the presentations, the committee conducted its election. Members elected Lt Col Nigel Collett to be the new Chairman, while Mr Jonathan Lamport, Ms Natalia Sukhanova, and Mr Andrew Wells were elected Vice Chairmen. The outgoing Chairman Mr Behzad Mirzaei congratulated the incoming Chairman and Vice Chairmen, and thanked members for their support during his tenure.


Meeting with Consul General of Malaysia

Chamber CEO George Leung, together with Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei, met with Consul General of Malaysia Yap Wei Sin and Trade Commissioner Noor Ezzwanee to discuss how the Chamber and the Consulate General can help members develop their business in Malaysia.

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