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Export Bahrain, FCCIB to boost SMEs access to French market

Nov 13, 2019 3:53 PM

Export Bahrain a national development initiative and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain (FCCIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster opportunities for Bahraini...

Export Bahrain, a national development initiative, and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain (FCCIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster opportunities for Bahraini small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to export their products and services to the French market.

Export Bahrain and The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry will work to support businesses from various sectors to explore possibilities in the French market and provide them with solutions to identify French potential partners and buyers.

Dr Nasser Ali Qaedi, chief executive of Export Bahrain, said: “Our efforts are geared towards developing partnerships and solutions that will provide Bahrain’s exporting businesses with every possible benefit and business links in all markets.”

“This agreement is an opportunity to allow more exporters to discover new markets and our mission in our organisation is to facilitate their export journey across a variety of sectors, this collaboration will add great value to exporters to access the French market,” he said.

“We encourage businesses to take advantage of this agreement to identify new customers and partners for their products and services in one of the largest European markets,” he added.

Jean Christophe Durand, president of FCCIB, said: “Seeing the similarities between the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bahrain and Export Bahrain’s core mission, which consists in assisting and guiding SME’s in their project of developing their business and activities abroad, it is no doubt that these values would bring us closer giving birth to this milestone partnership.”

Both parties will kick-start collaboration and work closely to accompany Bahraini companies in their efforts to Export their products and services to the French market and beyond.

The Team of FCCIB, headed by its executive director Rim Jalali, will be offering a range of services to Export Bahrain customers, which are the most suitable for their projects, to facilitate the development of their business and make them reach their goals as fast and easy as possible.  

FCCIB will also make these companies benefit from the contacts and introductions it has, through the big network to which it belongs (120 local Chambers of Commerce in all the regions of France), and the institutional and private partners it has in France.

On the other hand, Bahraini businesses expressed their interest and endorsed this agreement that can open new opportunities to grow their international sales and export.

Amani Alasfoor, marketing coordinator from Designer Shaik, said: “Our brand combines luxury, opulence and a theme that recaptures the colourful heritage and culture of oriental Arabia.”

“Internationally, the brand has proven to be a multicultural wide-ranging seller for those seeking the ultimate gift with a difference,” he said.

“I hope this initiative can expand our existing operations in the French Market, and this type of relationship between Export Bahrain and the French Chamber of Commerce & Industry can facilitate new channels of exporting to help us increase our presence in France,” he added.

The founder of Annada Nada Alawi, an affordable luxury brand that transforms art into fashion and lifestyle products, noted: “Creating high quality designs for people who want to be surrounded by art to give them joy and happiness together, we are interested to join this great initiative that opens new global opportunities and increase their international exposure to the French market.”

Nada emphasised on the importance on global connections that open new businesses opportunity and brings great exposure to grow globally, it stated. – TradeArabia News Service

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