DCCI wins pres­ti­gious award at World Cham­bers Congress in Syd­ney

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DUBAI: The Dubai Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try has an­nounced that it won the Best Un­con­ven­tional Project Award at the 10th World Cham­bers Congress which took place last week in Syd­ney.

The pres­ti­gious award, part of the World Cham­bers Com­pe­ti­tion 2017, recog­nised the Dubai In­no­va­tion In­dex as an ex­cep­tional and in­no­va­tive project in an ac­tiv­ity not typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with a cham­ber of com­merce’s mis­sion and ob­jec­tives.

The Dubai In­no­va­tion In­dex, launched by the Cham­ber in 2015, serves as an im­por­tant tool for com­pa­nies in Dubai to as­sess and bench­mark their in­no­va­tion prac­tices and per­for­mance. Through the In­dex, the Cham­ber is keen to cre­ate aware­ness and en­hance pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion in the to­tal in­no­va­tion ef­forts of the emi­rate.

Dubai Cham­ber had been short­listed for the Best Un­con­ven­tional Project award along with four other fi­nal­ists, namely the Cham­ber of Com­merce of Guayaquil (Ecuador), the Cham­ber of Com­merce of Pereira (Colom­bia), Greater Des Moines Part­ner­ship (USA), and the Sao Paulo Cham­ber of Com­merce (Brazil).

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, Ha­mad Buamim, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Dubai Cham­ber and Deputy Chair­man of the Paris-based World Cham­bers Fed­er­a­tion (WCF) - In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce (ICC), de­scribed the win as a ma­jor achieve­ment which so­lid­i­fies Dubai Cham­ber’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the lead­ing cham­bers of com­merce in the world. He added that the in­dex re­mains one of the key pil­lars of the Cham­ber’s in­no­va­tion strat­egy, while it also sup­ports the Dubai Plan 2021’s ob­jec­tive of the en­cour­ag­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the emi­rate’s pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

Khalil Had­dad, Di­rec­tor of Strat­egy and Cor­po­rate De­vel­op­ment at Dubai Cham­ber, said the first-of-it­skind in­dex stood out from the com­pe­ti­tion as it uses a unique ap­proach in eval­u­at­ing macro-eco­nomic data to de­ter­mine how in­no­va­tive cities are. He noted that a lot has been ac­com­plished by the Dubai’s busi­ness com­mu­nity since the first edi­tion of the in­dex was launched in 2015, es­pe­cially with re­gards to the adop­tion of in­no­va­tion-fo­cused strate­gies.

In 2013, Dubai Cham­ber won the Best CSR Project award dur­ing the 8th World Cham­bers Congress in Doha. The award recog­nised the Cham­ber’s pos­i­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment through its ini­tia­tives of green build­ing, the Uni­ver­sity of Dubai, the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cen­tre for Re­spon­si­ble Busi­ness, and the Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum Busi­ness Award Pro­gramme.

The 10th World Cham­bers Congress, held re­cently, in Syd­ney, brought to­gether del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing 12,000 cham­bers of com­merce from over 100 coun­tries. A high-level del­e­ga­tion from Dubai Cham­ber par­tic­i­pated in the pre­mier event, show­cas­ing the Cham­ber’s ser­vices and ini­tia­tives, and in­form­ing del­e­gates about the ad­van­tages of do­ing busi­ness in Dubai.

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