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Arab TIPOs convene to strengthen intra-regional collaboration

13 February 2018
ITC News
Trade and investment promotion organizations meet to improve pan-Arab trade

(Dubai) – Trade and investment promotion organizations (TIPOs) from nine Arab countries are convening in Dubai on 13-14 February, for the first official meeting of the Arab Countries Trade and Investment Organizations Network (ACTION). The event is hosted by Dubai Exports – the export promotion agency of Dubai Economy – and organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

The co-operation platform, founded in 2016 with support from the Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS), is a joint initiative of TIPOs to accelerate economic integration and regional trade among Arab countries. ACTION aims to strengthen national trade promotion efforts and generate new business opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in Arab countries.

During the two-day inaugural event, heads and senior representatives of the Arab national TIPOs will formalize the establishment of the network, elect its management bodies and agree on a work plan for the coming 12 months.

Reinforced co-operation between TIPOs is seen as an essential step towards achieving the ambitions of Arab countries to simplify, diversify and enhance trade. Working together, TIPOs can become the platform that business needs to unleash their potential by promoting the sharing of information and expertise, joint projects and an improved regional business environment.

‘Through the ACTION platform we are strengthening the connection between policymakers and the private sector,’ said ITC Executive Director Arancha González. ‘The platform will help facilitate regional business linkages, improve information exchange, provide better trade promotion services and establish a more conducive business environment. We aim for ACTION to ensure that the voice of the private sector in the Arab countries is better heard and that it becomes a vehicle for stronger intra-regional trade cooperation.’
‘Dubai is an ideal take-off point for ACTION as the city thrives on linking regional as well as international trade and promoting global idea exchange. The two-day meeting will provide delegates an insight into the opportunities continuously offered by Dubai for regional trade and particularly for small and medium enterprises to be part of global value chains,’ commented Engineer Saad Al Awadi, CEO of Dubai Exports.

‘TIPOs are key partners in all ITFC Trade Promotion activities and programs; ITFC is firmly determined to continue to move forward and do its best to enhance their role. Moreover, ITFC is keen to enable the TIPOs to integrate into the global trade system, to disseminate awareness of the importance of the SMEs among government institutions and other relevant bodies through the introduction of initiatives and support programs,’ added Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation during his remarks.

During the meeting, ITC, which has been supporting the creation of ACTION, will present insights from the ‘Unleashing export opportunities for greater regional integration among Arab States’, a recent study on the untapped trade opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa region as well as facilitate the development of the work plan.

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About Dubai Exports
Dubai Exports, an agency of Dubai Economy - Government of Dubai, commenced operations in 2007. As part of the Economic Development Department of Dubai, its mandate is to facilitate trade from Dubai and establish itself as a world-class export development and promotion body by creating an enabling environment for Dubai’s exporters. Dubai Exports has developed a range of value-added trade support services to UAE-based firms exporting through Dubai, for accelerated and profitable expansion of their businesses in foreign markets.

About ITC
The International Trade Centre is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, visit

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For more information, please contact:

International Trade Centre
Mehdi Chaker
Trade Promotion Adviser
T: +41 22 730 04 49
E: chaker [at] (chaker[at]intracen[dot]org)

Dubai Economy
Faisal Shamsudheen
Government Communication Division
T: (971 4) 445 5927
E: faisal.pathiasseri [at] (faisal[dot]pathiasseri[at]dubaided[dot]gov[dot]ae)