Vice President of Islamic Chamber of Commerce Calls for Economic Integration Among Islamic Countries

Engineer Ibrahim al-Arabi, President of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers and Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture.
Engineer Ibrahim al-Arabi, President of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers and Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture.
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Vice President of Islamic Chamber of Commerce Calls for Economic Integration Among Islamic Countries

Engineer Ibrahim al-Arabi, President of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers and Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture.
Engineer Ibrahim al-Arabi, President of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers and Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture.

Engineer Ibrahim al-Arabi, Vice President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture (ICCIA), called for economic integration among Islamic countries.

He told the ICCIA that this integration would allow countries to overcome challenges in the global economy and have access to the regional and global markets.

The ICCIA had convened for two days in Saudi Arabia.

Arabi, who is also president of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers, said the global economy has faced many challenges during the past few years and was affected by the negative economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Global markets are also currently witnessing a major downturn in supply chain and logistics, he remarked, noting that the “only way to overcome this critical phase is through cooperation and integration of the relative advantages of the Islamic countries”

“The integration of our multiple relative advantages for production and manufacturing to enter regional and global markets is the mean to develop our commodity and service exports,” he stressed.

He pointed to the possibility of benefiting from the free trade zones available to Egyptian industries that allow Egyptian products to enter the markets of all global economic blocs without customs duties or quotas.

He called on ICCIA member states to participate in the economic renaissance movement Cairo is currently experiencing.

Arabi affirmed his commitment to harness all the capacities of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers to provide training sessions in the Egyptian and Arab trade academies to support the development of the commercial and Islamic community.

The Federation of Egyptian Chambers organized a series of meetings for economic delegations from many Arab countries, including the delegations of the Jordanian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and a delegation from the Omani Chambers of Commerce and Industry, he told Asharq Al-Awsat in an inclusive interview over the phone.

During the meetings, the Federation presented all joint investment opportunities in the Suez Canal region and a group of joint projects to invest in African markets.

Participants discussed all opportunities for bilateral and multilateral economic cooperation in commercial and infrastructure projects in African markets.

They further tackled all opportunities for cooperation in value-added trade projects and the introduction of transformative materials on raw materials that are exported from African markets to the markets of major economic blocs, such as the European Union countries.

This step would help transform the industrial and free trade zones in Egypt into a manufacturing and exporting hub for global markets, Arabi added.



AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
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AlKhorayef: Saudi Arabia Has Become a Major Global Player in Mining Sector

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)
Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef speaks at the roundtable in Sao Paulo. (Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources)

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar AlKhorayef stressed on Tuesday that the Kingdom has proven its strength in the field of mining, becoming a major global player in the field.

It is forging ahead in developing its mining sector as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify its economy, he said during his participation in a roundtable meeting organized by the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo during his official visit to Brazil.

The roundtable was attended by several leading figures in the mineral wealth sector.

AlKhorayef said mining is a global issue that demands international leadership and cooperation given its importance in pushing forward the energy transition across the world.

“The Kingdom recognizes that global mineral production challenges require collective leadership,” he added.

“Our strategy for real progress is rooted in collaboration, and while we maintain our ambitious goals, we focus on forging strong partnerships worldwide,” he stressed.

“Mineral production transcends economic value; it embodies the potential of our country and people. With our rich resources, skilled workforce, and exceptional investment opportunities, the Kingdom is poised for transformative growth,” he went on to say.

Moreover, AlKhorayef highlighted the fourth edition of the International Mining and Resources Conference, set to take place in Riyadh in January, saying it has become the most important platform for discussing opportunities, issues, and solutions in the global mining sector.

The minister said Saudi Arabia’s national industry strategy aims to diversify 12 main sectors and provide job opportunities at over 800 projects that are worth a trillion riyals.

Furthermore, the minister said Saudi Arabia was seeking to “revolutionize the pharmaceutical sector, with a target to localize 80-90% of insulin production and attract top-tier investments in healthcare.”

He highlighted the Kingdom’s wealth of natural resources and human capital, major investment opportunities and modern infrastructure.

AlKhorayef kicked off his visit to Brazil on July 22. He is later set to visit Chile.