Dubai IT traders group takes flight

The Dubai Computer Traders Group (DCTG) has taken its most significant step since plans of its formation initially emerged by holding of its first AGM at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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By  Julian Pletts Published  June 22, 2008

The Dubai Computer Traders Group (DCTG) has taken its most significant step since plans of its formation initially emerged by holding of its first AGM at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The group's board of directors - which consists of executives from traders and distribution companies - used the meeting to outline the group's dynamics, structure and short- and long-term ambitions.

With over 150 attendees from Dubai's Computer Street district, the group - which has taken almost two years to come to fruition - was able to express its plans and seek the views of traders who had an opportunity to direct questions at the board members.

The AGM witnessed the discussion of many issues impacting the fate of computer traders in Dubai, including ways in which to deal with debt and payment collections, such as the sharing of information between members.

"The DCTG is saying that it will be able to offer some level of protection against bad debts through references from other companies about dealings that go on," said Sunitha Daru, managing director at IT trader Netcraft Computers. "The forming of this group is very important and it is also important that it is backed by the Dubai Chamber - we will now have back-up support for any problems that we face."

Shakir Kharim, purchasing manager at Computron Distribution, believes security will be the most important element the new group will be able to afford its members. "Security in the business is an important subject that the DCTG will have to cover," he said. "As a group the DCTG will be able to have a great impact with the Chamber's backing and as a group this should lead to more safety."

Rakesh Bohra, managing director of Wi-Fi Computer Zone and a founding member of the DCTG's management committee, claims the turnout at the AGM has given the group encouragement.

"This is the first time that we have had a meeting and we have set up the systems that are in place now for the year," he said. "We have already covered many issues tonight with various questions from the group about how we are going to help them if someone is running away from the business or how we can help them with the rent increases and with employee issues. Our message to everyone now is to become a member and see the benefits for years to come, it is not just for today but this is about protecting the future of computer trading in Dubai."

The DCTG board intends to meet every Wednesday night at Experts Computer's premises in Khalid Bin Waleed Road. It plans to form a series of sub-committees to address issues raised by member companies.

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