Manama, Aug. 23 (BNA): Northern Governor, Ali bin Al-Shaikh Abdulhussain Al-Asfoor, held a meeting with the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)’s Commercial Markets Committee Chairman, Abdul Hakim Al Shammari, and members.
He discussed with them ways to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The meeting also discussed monitoring the most active commercial registrations across the Northern Governorate, and the possibility of holding a weekly market for productive families and owners of family businesses in various fields on an area owned by the Jaafari Endowments in Bani Jamra village.
The governor praised the role played by BCCI in spurring the economic and investment sectors, as well as in supporting businessmen and investors, paying tribute to the Commercial Markets Committee for its efforts to provide facilities and services to merchants in local markets.
The committee chairman expressed thanks and appreciation to the Northern Governorate for its keenness to support and cooperate with BCCI, of which the kingdom, under His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s leadership, and all merchants are proud, expressing the committee’s full readiness to discuss with the governorate ideas to develop markets, and hold periodic joint meetings and seminas with it.
The governor presented a number of ideas aimed at boosting markets, as well as ways to take advantage of the governorate’s heritage sites during the kingdom’s hosting of international events, such as the Formula One races.
He also stressed the need to verify commercial registrations to ensure that they are active, and prevent their illegal use,especially regarding the suspended ones or those leased by expatriate workers so as not to affect Bahraini merchants and workers in SMEs and home businesses negatively.
The governor also highlighted the need to take advantage of sites that attract tourists such as the pottery area in A’ali and others.
The two sides agreed to hold other meetings to discuss the best ways to support the commercial sector across the Northern Governorate. ;