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DCG calls for broader collaboration in the local channel

Local IT body wants more B2B cooperation in the Dubai market

DCG calls for broader collaboration in the local channel
Al Otaiba (second from left) has urged DCG members to raise their stakes in the B2B sector in particular the SME segment in the local market.

Following the inaugural Dubai Computer Group (DCG) IT Trade Show 2014, the local IT association, which comes under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has urged members to forge closer ties with the SME sector in the UAE and the broader Middle East region.

The call comes in the wake of declining consumer sales in the PC sector with most customers preferring to shop from power retailers that operate mainly from shopping malls.

The DCG, which has been hosting a two-day IT expo  from 14 to 15th May, saw members showcase products and services. In addition, the fair attracted experts from the banking, financing, insurance, human resources and management consultants who shared with resellers a range of topics that affect their day-to-day business.

Khalaf Al Otaiba, chairman, DCG, said: "We need to connect more with the channel and increase the number of members in the organisation. Our main message to all members of DCG and the broader Dubai channel is to think about profitability and how they can contribute positively to the wider IT industry in the region."

Al Otaiba said the DCG's role is to support and help create an environment which can help all reseller companies in Dubai to grow and foster closer ties with the business community. "We have inaugurated the first B2B DCG IT trade show and we hope to grow this initiative going forward," he said.

Shailendra Rughwani, president, DCG added that: "We are delighted to have held the first such event in the Dubai channel as an IT association. We request everyone involved in the IT supply-chain to support the DCG with this noble initiative."

Rughwani said that the DCG is not a separate company but a non-profit organisation, which is part of the local IT industry it serves. "We hope to receive all your support and work together for all future endeavours," Rughwani added.

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