x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Re-run vote for ADCCI board candidates

Thursday night’s ballot was postponed until June 26 because of insufficient voter numbers but that has not dampened the enthusiasm of those seeking a seat on the board.

Thursday night’s ballot was postponed until June 26 because of insufficient voter numbers but that has not dampened the enthusiasm of those seeking a seat on the board. Delores Johnson / The National
Thursday night’s ballot was postponed until June 26 because of insufficient voter numbers but that has not dampened the enthusiasm of those seeking a seat on the board. Delores Johnson / The National

ABU DHABI // Candidates in the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry board election will return in two weeks for a chance of having a say in developing the emirate’s business landscape.

Thursday night’s ballot was postponed until June 26 because of insufficient voter numbers but that has not dampened the enthusiasm of those seeking a seat on the board.

Amer Al Mansouri, chairman of Al Mansouri 3B Group, one of the companies registered with ADCCI, said he was confident of a win.

“This is pride, to be part of a policymaking government where we can get good opportunities to better serve the nation, expanding business avenues nationally and internationally,” Mr Al Mansouri said.

“There is lack of coordination among public and private firms. If I am going to win, I would work on these lines to cement public-private partnership and expand business. I contested individually last time, too, but that was only for gaining experience. This time I am serious.”

Bin Fadhil Group owner Ali Al Mamari has also tried for a spot in past years: “I lost twice but am now confident to win.”

Ahmed Al Yafei, chairman of Abu Dhabi Art Hub, a platform for international and local artists, is taking part in elections for the first time.

The Emirati said being on the board would allow him to promote the local arts scene to the world.

“I am contesting this not for financial gains, but to broaden businesses in the field of art and culture – not only in the country but over the world,” Mr Al Yafei said.

ADCCI rules state that at least a quarter of general assembly members must vote. If the numbers are not reached a second election is held, in which results are valid regardless of the number voting.

Thirteen UAE nationals are elected by Emirati members, two expatriates by foreign members, and six are nominated by the Government.

There are 80,700 companies registered with the chamber.

anwar@thenational.ae