Dubai Traders Group advised to screen members

DCTG aims to uphold standards by vetting would-be members

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Dubai Traders Group advised to screen members
By  Andrew Seymour Published  October 29, 2008

The Dubai Computer Traders Group (DCTG) will ‘screen’ prospective members in a bid to ward off unscrupulous companies and ensure its integrity on the advice of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

DCTG board members met with Dubai Chamber officials earlier this month where it was recommended that resellers are vetted before gaining entry to the group. Until now, membership has been open to all dealers willing to pay the $340 joining and annual renewal fee.

While the move dents the DCTG’s ambitions of opening its arms to every IT trader operating in the Computer Street district, the Dubai Chamber — which approved the organisation’s formation — is keen to ensure the highest standards are upheld.

“They suggested it is better that we screen the members because we don’t want to have anybody and everybody as that may affect the name of the group,” explained Shailendra Rughwani, president of the DCTG and CEO of reseller Experts Computer. “The Chamber said we should set minimum criteria in terms of the quality of the members. That doesn’t mean the size of the company is affected. It could be a one-man company, but it is the quality that they have said we should be more careful about.”

DCTG bosses plan to convene in the coming weeks to thrash out a list of membership conditions. Rughwani says the intention is to take factors such as unethical trading behaviour, incidents of bad debt or issues with distributors into account, although he didn’t indicate how the criteria would be implemented.

However, he remains adamant that any attempt to raise the barrier of entry will strengthen the DCTG’s ability to positively influence the future of the IT trading community and prevent the group from being exploited by unprincipled members.

“It is a good idea because it means such people won’t join and take advantage of the united group,” insisted Rughwani. “We will restrict the numbers because the Chamber wants quality, not quantity. We are still looking at 400 to 500 members, but then we will shortlist — we will not go on a mass membership drive.”

Rughwani also maintains that the prospect of fewer paid members will not impact the group’s finances as it continues to hold discussions with companies about sponsorship opportunities.

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