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Cairo to host first Arab agricultural forum

Expert will discuss key issues related to strategic agri-planning and agri-investments impediments at the first ‘Arab Forum for Agricultural and Food Investment’ to be held in Cairo next month.

To be organized by Sudan-based Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), the event will run from December 8 to 9 at the Fairmont Nile Hotel.

The seminar will discuss how to further enhance the strategic relationship between the private sectors and financing institutions such as the AAAID. Eight workshops have also been planned during the two-day event.

The ministers of agriculture of Egypt and Sudan will jointly open the debut conference. Jordan finance minister, representing the shareholders of AAAID, will deliver the keynote speeches, together with the director of Finance Program Division of the Arab Monetary Fund and Trade Finance Program.

The forum will see regional food giants including Al Rajhi Group, Savola Group, Tabouk Agricultural Development Company, Al Rawabi and Assafa Food discuss issues related to food industry.

The seminar will also cover topics including grains, sugar, derivatives, animal and fishery production, said a top official.

“We are very pleased to organize this forum which will be a venue for Arab organizations and companies to discuss together today’s developments and tomorrow’s needs in agricultural and food investments” said Ali Bin Saeed Al Sharhan, president of AAAID, at his regional office in Dubai.

One of the main objectives of AAAID is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable Arab food security, he added.

Al Sharhan pointed out that today’s challenges in agricultural and food investments and production require prompt action.

‘We believe that this first-ever forum will become a fundamental place to discuss critical issues to be able to come up with common actions beneficial to the Arab world,’ he added.

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