Sharjah, Austro-Arab Chambers explore cooperation in education & healthcare sector

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has discussed ways of cooperation to enhance the existing ties in the field of healthcare and education with the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

Both sides reviewed the current local and global developments, as well as several economic topics of mutual concern, during a webinar titled “Adjusting to New Normal in Education and Healthcare Sectors in UAE and Austria.” The virtual event is the first in a series of forums to be held by the chamber as part of its initiative “Sharaka Experts Talk”.

For his part, SCCI Chairman Mr. Abdullah Al Owais noted that the UAE health sector is being given the highest priority and is at the top of the government’s goal and strategies for the next 50 years.

Abdullah Sultan Al Owais
Abdullah Sultan Al Owais
Chairman – SCCI

“Thanks to its economic policies and legislations that stimulate investments in the health sector, the UAE has been professionally and effectively able to contain the COVID-19 pandemic; and accordingly, it ranked first regionally and globally in many indicators, especially in terms of implementing the highest international standards while conducting COVID-19 tests and inoculating the vast majority of people living on its territories. Although pandemic has left nothing untouched, the UAE has exceptionally run the educational sector thanks to the digital learning system, which is currently being supported and nurtured by the government to keep pace with the expected changes in this field. Unsurprisingly, the UAE’s educational sector has attracted quality investments, something which will reflect positively on the educational technology market in the UAE, whose volume is expected to reach US$40 billion by 2022, according to a report issued by the Dubai Future Foundation, entitled “Life After COVID-19: Education.”

Mr. Ibrahim Salim Al Musharrakh, UAE Ambassador to Austria, has emphasized the UAE’s desire to develop communication bridges and embrace promising ideas to enable the country’s bilateral, regional, and international connections to reach new heights.

“In addition to reviewing existing areas of cooperation in the educational and health care sectors, we had the opportunity to discuss ways of enhancing our relations in light of the COVID-19 repercussions that left nothing unaffected including the educational process,” Mr. Al Musharrakh noted.

Senator Dr. Richard Schenz, President of AACC and Vice President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, has stressed that the UAE, particularly Sharjah, is a crucial economic partner for Austrian business and that their close cooperation may be used to strengthen trade and investment connections between the two countries.

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