The Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Arab Emirates recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at exploring opportunities for commercial and economic cooperation between the two countries. The MoU was signed by the chambers of commerce and industry of the two countries. Through the cooperation, the two countries also hope to promote and encourage trade and exchange economic expertise.
The MoU was signed at the Dubai headquarters of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry at a meeting of Humaid Mohammed bin Salem, Secretary-General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Christophe Lutumdula Apala Pen’Apala, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The signing ceremony was also attended by Hazza Mohammed Al Qahtani, UAE Ambassador to Rwanda and Non-Resident Ambassador to the DRC.
In his remarks, the DRC Deputy Foreign Minister stated that his country is “keen to learn from UAE’s economic model”. He also said that the DRC will be exchanging knowledge and technical expertise in all areas, most notably in the economy, commerce and administration. Humaid Mohammed bin Salem, Secretary-General of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry also highlighted the federation’s keenness to boost its commercial ties with all chambers and business communities, noting Emirati chambers of commerce have participated in events in African countries, and there is a plan to organize various African events and open new markets for local products. He also affirmed the need to run flights between the UAE and the DRC to facilitate the movement of goods, business leaders and commercial delegations.
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