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Indian Chamber of Commerce appoints Sharad Bhandari as UAE chief representative

The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed Finance professional Sharad Bhandari as its Chief Representative for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in a bid to its strategic move to enhance economic ties.

The ICC’s expansion in the UAE will help foster stronger economic collaboration between India and the UAE, the chamber said in a statement. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and robust economic ties set the stage for significant bilateral trade growth in the coming years, it said.

With an impressive career spanning over 40 years, including 28 years with a Big Four firm, Bhandari brings extensive expertise in advising businesses in the UAE, Middle East and the UK. As the Managing Partner of ARDENT Advisory & Accounting, he has advised leading corporations. Additionally, as Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Indian Business & Professional Group, Mr. Bhandari has played a crucial role in developing the India-UAE economic corridor.

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Sharad Bhandari’s address

Sharad Bhandari said, “I am honoured to represent the Indian Chamber of Commerce as its Chief Representative in the UAE. Leveraging my experience, I am committed to enhancing trade and investment opportunities, strengthening bonds between corporations, government agencies and industry organizations. I look forward to contributing to the success of both great nations in the flourishing India-UAE economic partnership.”

In his new role, Bhandari will engage with corporations, government agencies and industry organisations to boost trade and investment between India and the UAE. With the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and strong economic ties, bilateral trade is anticipated to witness significant growth in the next two years.

President of ICC Ameya Prabhu stated, “We are happy to have Bhandari as ICC’s Chief Representative for the UAE. His extensive experience and pivotal role in building economic ties between India and the UAE make him an invaluable leader. Under his leadership, we look forward to catalysing robust partnerships and bilateral investment, propelling India-UAE trade beyond the US$100 billion milestone in the coming years.”

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