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DMCC Executive Chairman to Connect Western Australia’s Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders of the Future with the World’s Leading Free Zone in Dubai

May 24 2017
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Meetings held with Deidre Willmott, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and Professor Chris Moran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University


DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) Executive Chairman, Ahmed Bin Sulayem’s efforts to enhance the bilateral relationship between DMCC, the world’s leading and most interconnected Free Zone, and Western Australia, continued by meeting Deidre Willmott, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA); Professor Chris Moran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University; and the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre (CIIC) in Perth.

CCIWA is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that has been the voice of WA business for more than 125 years. With more than 9,000 members from across all regions and industries, CCIWA’s mission is to help local business work and ensure that WA is a place where businesses of all shapes and sizes can succeed.

“At the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, we strive to connect WA businesses with business leaders from around the world to uncover new growth opportunities for WA industry. The United Arab Emirates is an important trade partner for Western Australia – there are more than 13,700 companies registered in DMCC today which presents many exciting opportunities for CCI Members and WA entrepreneurs. CCI was very pleased with this first meeting with DMCC Executive Chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem and looks forward to working together in the future to connect CCI Members with DMCC Members and identify new shared opportunities for economic growth”, said Deidre Willmott, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA).

Ahmed Bin Sulayem also visited Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre (CIIC) of Western Australia where he met with Professor Chris Moran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University to discuss how technology and innovation is evolving and continuously changing the way we do business, educate future generations, and shape the life of people overall.

Speaking of how technology is becoming more accessible, creating new opportunities, in turn creating growth, Mr. Bin Sulayem shared DMCC’s recent global ‘Future of Trade Report’ findings stating that going digital could create as many as 350 million new exporters in the next decade enabled by technology. The report's most striking conclusion is perhaps that the scale and impact of digitalisation on global trade. This could mean between 100 million and 350 million businesses would become engaged in global export trade for the first time.

Professor Moran explained how interactive technologies bring education to the next level and showcased how big businesses can further benefit from enhanced analytics and research such as the ‘Future of Trade Report’ in this space. He also noted the importance of nurturing young talent by the recent establishment of a Curtin University Campus at the Dubai International Academic City. "Curtin are very proud to be establishing a new international campus in Dubai and look forward to working with the DMCC and local industry to produce industry ready graduates and collaborative research projects’, Prof Moran said.

CICC is committed to creating future growth and innovation in Australia aiming to catalyse and showcase innovation by bringing together customers, industry partners, start-ups, application developers, government organisations and universities.

Commenting on the meetings and efforts of CCI, CIIC and Curtin University, Mr Bin Sulayem concluded: “It was an interesting experience to see first-hand how the implementation of new technologies can significantly improve the education process. DMCC embraces further dialogue with CICC and we have agreed to maintain a close relationship with Curtin University to explore how we can collaborate to implement smart technologies in Dubai and the UAE.”