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Sharjah and Central American States explore

                          cultural & economic co-operation

       50  In a bid to strengthen cultural, economic
         and  diplomatic relations with Central
         American states and  explore new
         collaboration opportunities, Sheikh Fahim
         Al Qasimi, Chairman of Department of
         Government Relations (DGR) in Sharjah,
         met with representatives of the Central
         American Integration  System  (SICA) –
         the economic and political organisation of
         Central American states.

         Sheikh  Fahim  received  the  ambassadors
         of four major Central American states
         including, Francisco J. Chacón Hernández,
         Ambassador of  Costa Rica in the UAE;
         Ricardo Laverie, Ambassador of Panama   Sharjah  and SICA members  to look at   logistics, smart city solutions, eco-friendly
         in the UAE; Julio Simon Castaños Zouain,   emerging  opportunities especially  in the   technology, which are all already making
         Ambassador of  the Dominican  Republic   sectors of publishing and translations, and   big contributions to further diversify the
         in the UAE; and Lars Henrik Pira Perez,   expressed deep interest in exploring the   emirate’s  non-oil  economy and enabling
         Ambassador  of Guatemala  in the UAE,   possibility of organising cultural events to   global companies  to grow their local
         for the ensuing discussions.      showcase the rich history and culture of   and  regional  presence through Sharjah’s
                                           Central America to UAE’s populace.  strategically located and pro-business
         Explaining that DGR’s core  objectives                               landscape.
         are to make  a sustainable  impact  on   The attending ambassadors offered a
         both local and international communities   detailed overview of recent developments   The Central American officials  lauded
         by promoting  knowledge and cultural   in  the environmental, educational and   Sharjah’s continued  efforts to build
         exchange  as  key enablers  of economic   tourism sectors in their respective nations   cultural bridges with cities worldwide, and
         development,  Sheikh  Fahim  asserted   to Sheikh Fahim. They all expressed keen   expressing their intention to highlight the
         that the entity’s goals embody the vision   interest in exploring potential partnerships   myriad opportunities in the emirate to the
         of His Highness  Sheikh  Dr Sultan bin   with the Sharjah, especially in academics   business communities in their countries to
         Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council   and research with the Sharjah universities   pave the way for a new era of economic
         Member and the Ruler of Sharjah. Forging   and in environmental sustainability, owing   and cultural closeness  between Sharjah
         closer cooperation with cities worldwide   to the emirate’s leading experiences in   and Central America.
         by facilitating inter-institutional exchange   these sectors.
         and learning between  Sharjah’s  entities                            SICA comprises eight member states,
         and their global counterparts was another   Sheikh Fahim then took the opportunity   namely, Costa Rica,  the Dominican
         key focus area for DGR, he added.  to turn the spotlight on a host of lucrative   Republic, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala,
                                           investment and  business opportunities   Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, which
         The chairman stressed  on the need for   in the  sectors of renewable  energy,   have a combined population of 58 million.

            Economic officials: Recent legislation provides a

                      supportive environment for investors

         Sharjah Authority for  investment  and   and Industry and the Sharjah Office   Technology  and  Innovation  Park,
         development “Shurooq”, in collaboration   of Foreign Direct Investment  ”Invest   organized the 7th session of the Sharjah
         with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce   In Sharjah”, at the Sharjah  Research,   Ramadan Economic Council, entitled "The
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