Secretary General Message

Throughout 2016, ICC-UAE has played a central role in representing the business interests of the UAE in a range of major global intergovernmental processes that will help to shape international commerce for many years to come.

We refocused the scope of our activities to support business growth and productivity and carried out profound structural changes for the benefits of our members - most notably with a new governance structure of the policy and advocacy commissions and with the launch of a new website.

We also entered into new partnerships with key organizations in the UAE, within ICC globally and beyond – our partnership with the ICC Academy marks a milestone to provide online certified trainings for professionals across the country and strengthened relationship with the Local Chambers and Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry.

These milestones for ICC-UAE would not have been possible without the support of its board of directors, the heads of commissions namely the Commission on Banking, the Commission on Arbitration & ADR and the Commission on Customs & Trade Facilitation, members and other concerned partners for their support and cooperation which enabled ICC-UAE to achieve its objectives at internal and external levels during 2016. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders as we reflect on 2016 and look ahead.

We enter 2017 amid an increasingly uncertain global outlook: weak global growth, wild swings on stock markets, and plummeting oil prices and political uncertainty in major economies are all raising concerns about the stability of the global economic outlook. As the world business organization in the UAE—representing over 250,000 companies large and small—we remain committed to promoting a global agenda that enables private sector growth and job creation in the United Arab Emirates.

A particular priority must be to reinvigorate the efforts of the commission’s work which have slowed down over the past years. Our objective will be to provide the best platform for the members of our commissions to pursue their contribution to the betterment of the private sector in the United Arab Emirates.

We look forward to working with you to realize the vision of a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

Hassan Al Hashemi
Secretary General