DCCI creeps closer to its membership

The creation of vertical Business Groups, intended to be a forum for businessmen to raise issues of concern to them, continued at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce this week.

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By  David Ingham Published  March 13, 2003

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s recent effort to forge more intimate relationships with local businesses moved forward this week.

The Professional Auditors Business Group elected its 11 member representative committee in a secret ballot of 70 members. 11 legal experts were also elected to sit on the representative committee of the Lawyers and Legal Consultants Group.

The DCCI has sponsored the creation of these and several other Business Groups in order to sound out the views of businessmen within different industries. DCCI representatives are present at Business Group meetings and have pledged to act on the points raised at them.

“The Chamber is striving to reach to new sectors of the economy and within this new strategy we’ve embarked on the formation of the business groups,” Al Banna, deputy director general, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Arabian Business.

“We’re trying to serve our membership in a better way, to have clear channels of communication with them and the most important thing is to have their input and feedback in reference to many different subjects.”

A unit has been created within the DCCI to follow up on the business group meetings and Al Banna says that members’ points could be taken up through various channels, such as other government departments and the newly formed Dubai Economic Council.

Abdul Rahman Lootah, a committee member of the lawyers’ group, gave his backing to the Business Group initiative. “This is a unique move by DCCI to bring the legal community in Dubai together under one roof to discuss common issues. Each firm will naturally have different concerns and this is an opportunity to address them as a group,” he said.

“We hope to increase the participation of lawyers for the benefit of everyone, to gain from their experience and to help the DCCI play an active role in identifying and developing legislation relevant to commerce and trade.”

The Supply Chain and Logistics Group will meet at DCCI on March 25 to elect a representative committee. The Dubai Building and Civil Constructions Business Group is scheduled to do the same on March 30.

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