Ministry of Economy, Dubai Chamber, Google, discuss ways to support economic recovery for SMEs

DUBAI, The Ministry of Economy, UAE and Dubai Chamber, which is the key local partner for the” Grow Stronger with Google” programme, discussed digital transformation in the small and medium enterprise, SME, sector yesterday, during a webinar in the presence of Dr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The virtual seminar was in line with the launch of “Grow Stronger with Google” programme, which aims to accelerate economic recovery in the Middle East and North Africa region through digital transformation by providing digital tools, training programmes, mentorship and partnerships to support local companies and job seekers. The programme will focus on local companies in the retail and tourism sectors and Dubai Chamber is Google’s main partner in the UAE.

Dr. Al Falasi spoke about the need to continue investing in modern technologies to enhance the effectiveness of responding to the repercussions of the pandemic. He stressed the vital role of technology in accelerating the pace of economic recovery and restoring momentum in various sectors, especially retail sales, tourism and hospitality services.

This was stated during his participation in a webinar organised by Google yesterday on digital transformation in the SME sector which also saw the participation of Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karan Bhatia, Vice President & Head of Global Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google, and Mona Ataya, CEO Mumzworld.

During the panel discussion, Dr. Al Falasi further added, “The challenges that the world faces today have proven that investing in technology, innovation and digital transformation is no longer an option, but rather has become imperative to ensure the continuity of competitiveness.”

He also remarked how governments and the private sector provide virtual channels of coordination and communication at a time when direct communication is difficult due to the preventive measures in place.

Hamad Buamim said that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown companies the importance of investing in creating a digital infrastructure appropriate to the requirements of the market and customers.

He stated that the COVID-19 crisis has produced a new generation of entrepreneurs who have used these challenges to create broad digital solutions for many private sector companies, noting that the crisis has also attracted additional interest by emerging companies from India, China and Africa to come to Dubai and establish a business here.

He pointed out that the partnership with Google has resulted in more than 100,000 companies in Dubai benefiting from this initiative.

Karan Bhatia said, “Online tools and digital skills for everyone will be a catalyst for the comeback. Through ‘Grow Stronger with Google’, we are pledging to help one million businesses and individuals in MENA learn digital skills and grow their businesses by the end of 2021.”

Small and medium enterprises form the backbone of the UAE economy, accounting for more than 95 percent of companies operating in the country.


Source: Emirates News Agency

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