RAKEZ & ICFA sign MoU to foster innovation in food and agriculture

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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RAKEZ signs MoU with ICFA
Officials during the signing ceremony | Courtesy: WAM

Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) in order to foster mutual growth and development within the food and agriculture sectors of the UAE and India.

This alliance seeks to create opportunities for knowledge exchange, trade promotion, investment, as well as research and development collaboration.

The agreement is set to facilitate promotional activities for trade, market access, and business matchmaking opportunities between the Indian food and agriculture companies and businesses in the RAKEZ ecosystem.

Through this collaboration, both RAKEZ and ICFA will actively identify and promote investment opportunities for Indian businesses within the economic zone, providing an attractive gateway to the Middle East for Indian enterprises.

Ramy Jallad
Ramy Jallad

“This MoU signifies our commitment to strengthening our relationships with key international organizations such as ICFA and recognizes the role India plays as a strategic trade and investment partner for the UAE. As one of the UAE’s largest trading partners, India brings a wealth of innovation and expertise in the food and agriculture sectors, particularly in sustainable farming and food processing technologies. We are excited about the potential knowledge exchange and capacity-building opportunities that this strategic collaboration brings. It will enable the tech and agricultural companies in our business community to enhance their methods and share innovative, sustainable farming techniques with major Indian companies.”

ICFA Chairman Dr. MJ Khan said that this collaboration marks a pivotal moment in ICFA’s history. Our joint efforts with RAKEZ will pave the way for Indian agri-businesses to broaden their horizons and explore lucrative business opportunities in the MENA region through Ras Al Khaimah. Moreover, the proposed joint research and development projects will stimulate agricultural innovation and contribute significantly to the sector’s advancement in both India and the UAE.

The MoU also envisions the fostering of research and development collaborations between Indian and RAKEZ-based institutions. This initiative will primarily focus on advancing agricultural innovation, crop improvement, sustainable farming practices, and food processing technologies.

Both organizations are positive that this business relationship will stimulate economic growth and foster innovation within the food and agriculture sectors in India and the UAE.

As per the reports, “This MoU reinforces the strength of UAE-India relations which have been further elevated by the recent Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). With RAKEZ being home to more than 4,000 Indian companies, including global giants like Mahindra, Ashok Leyland and Dabur, this collaboration with ICFA promises to further boost Indian presence and investment in the UAE.”

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