Officials from the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IFOS) held a meeting aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two agencies in the agriculture and food sectors.
Qatar Chamber Board Member and Chair of its Food Security Committee Mr. Mohamed bin Ahmed Al Obaidly met with Prof. Yerian A. Baidaulet, Director-General of the IFOS. Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Qatar H E Arman Issagaliyev and the General Counsel of IFOS Mr. Nursalim Suleimenov were also present during the interaction.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed cooperation to pave the way for the Qatari private sector and its colleagues in IFOS’ 36 Islamic member states to promote mutual investment, and ways to enhance cooperation between the two institutions.
Mr. Al Obaidly underlined the importance of strengthening cooperation among Islamic countries in food security, emphasizing the need for these economies to be open to various global economies and to build strong ties in the agro and food industries that allow the private sector to play a vital role in enhancing food security in Islamic countries.
The Chair of the QC Food Safety Committee reiterated the importance of a common agreement governing cooperation between various parties to increase trade and investment transfer in the food security sector, noting the need to support agricultural investments and provide assistance to producers in the marketing process.
Mr. Baidaulet praised the development of the food security sector in Qatar, pointing out that the organization seeks to foster cooperation relations with Qatar Chamber to encourage Qatari investors to invest in food industries in member states.
Mr. Baidaulet elaborated the role of IFOS that aims to provide expertise and technical know-how to member states on various aspects of sustainable agriculture, rural development, food security, and biotechnology.
The IFOS Director-General further added that the organization seeks to coordinate, formulate, and implement common agricultural policies, such as the exchange and transfer of appropriate technology and public food management systems.
“We address problems posed by desertification, deforestation, erosion, and salinity, as well as mobilize and manage financial and agricultural resources to enhance food security,” Mr. Baidaulet added.
IFOS was established to provide expertise and technical knowledge to member states in various aspects of sustainable agriculture, rural development, food security, and biotechnology.
It also works to assess and monitor the state of food security in member states to be able to identify emergencies and provide social safety nets and humanitarian assistance through food security reserves.