The Advisory Committee on Combating Harmful Practices in International Trade held its first meeting at the headquarters of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Dubai, under the chairmanship of Deputy Secretary-General for the commercial processing industry, Abdullah Sultan Al-Shamsi, in attendance of the members of the committee of various federal and local authorities and representatives of the private sector.
According to a Tuesday press release, the establishment of the Advisory Committee is a Ministerial Decree by the UAE's Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, in accordance with the provisions of Federal Law No. 1 of 2017 on anti-dumping and countervailing precautionary actions. The committee is studying the findings of the Anti-Abatement Practices Department of International Trade at the Ministry of Economic Affairs with regard to dumping and the support of complaints and the increase in imports.
The meeting discussed ways to strengthen the committee's operating mechanisms and the optimal legal procedures for dumping, subsidizing or increasing imports on the domestic market in the light of the provisions of the anti-dumping and countervailing measures legislation, with a view to protect the national product against the negative effects of such practices and improve the competitiveness of national industries.
The first complaint was a dumping clause against the GCC import of the ceramic tile manufacturer from China, India and Spain to recommend whether or not to initiate the investigation, the second is to review the final report and to discuss dumping against the GCC -include imports of used pipes In the transport of gas and oil originating in China recommend the imposition of anti-dumping duties or not.
"The Advisory Committee on Combating Harmful Practices in International Trade has an important role to play in providing a technical and legal mechanism to investigate cases of harmful practices in international trade reaching the Ministry of Economic Affairs and to make a series of recommendations. the Minister of Economy to make a final decision, Protection and promotion of national products and industries, and to strengthen their competitiveness in such a way as to ensure that the principle of fair competition in international trade is achieved and is not contrary to the obligations of the State under the WTO agreements. "
He added that "the broad umbrella of membership of the Committee, which includes a large number of relevant public authorities at federal and local level, ensures that recommendations and decisions are made that take into account the public interest of the state; takes into account different legal and economic aspects and international partnerships to ensure a balanced and positive action against practices detrimental to international trade in different United Arab Emirates markets ".
Al Shamsi pointed out that the commission contributes to the spread of awareness among manufacturers and traders in various markets in the country about anti-dumping mechanisms, support and prevention of increasing imports and the importance of better cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the competent authorities in the state to address these practices. Is able to deal with this type of research and to improve the knowledge and experience of UAE competences in the mechanisms of the multilateral trading system.
Al Shamsi stressed the importance of starting the work of the Commission at this stage in the light of the expected increase in practices harmful to international trade and the commercial growth witnessed by the state.He has the main steps of the Ministry of Economy has assessed these practices since the adoption of Federal Law No. 1 of 2017 on Preventive and Countervailing Measures, including the imposition of an anti-dumping duty on imports of automotive batteries originating in Korea and the imposition of a safeguard measure against increased imports of the imported iron tile product A dumping complaint against carton imports is currently under consideration. Emphasizing the importance of continued cooperation and joint efforts between the Ministry of Economic Affairs and its partners to activate all legal means and procedures to address these harmful practices. to pack.
The committee, led by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, consisted of representatives from 14 federal and local government agencies and representatives from the industrial and private sectors, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Industry and Energy, the Federal Authority. for Competitiveness and Statistics, the Federal Customs Authority, the Standardization and Metrology Authority of the Emirates, Industry, and Industrialists & # 39; Union, as well as the economic development departments of the seven emirates.