In line with the vision of Abu Dhabi government that aims for a sustainable development that keeps equilibrium between social and economic growth and being part of efforts to guarantee delivery of safe food, Policy & Regulation Sector of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has organized a workshop for food importers in order to ensure active participation from the stakeholders in framing regulations related to the import of food to the emirate.
The main objective of the workshop was to explain and discuss the required amendments for regulation No.2 of 2008 (Risk based approach for the control of imported foods via borders of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi) for further updating.
Dr. Mariam Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of Policy & Regulation Sector of ADFCA, while delivering the opening speech said the workshop reflects ADFCA's commitment towards the best global practices in maintaining mutual coordination with the concerned stakeholders.
Dr. Al Dhaheri mentioned that ADFCA policies in governmental interventions and regulatory compliances are based on science and risk analysis principles. She emphasized the importance of facilitating the commercial channels regarding trading of food, animals, producing foods and plants.
Mr. Khaled Al-Marzouqi, Agriculture & Food Risk Analysis Section Manager, during his presentation, outlined ADFCA's agricultural and food safety policy frame work with an emphasis on the importance of listing the challenges faced by food importers at Abu Dhabi emirate borders which were noted down during the last workshop held in June 2015 and on the solutions proposed then by the participants.
A blue print for the program to amend the Law No.2 pertaining to the control of imported food through the boarders of Abu Dhabi was presented and ample time was given to deliberate on it.
During the workshop, other federal and regional policies and regulations regarding imported food on borders were also reviewed and discussed upon.
An open session followed the presentations during which the participants praised the efforts exerted by ADFCA in updating the food control mechanism in sync with ever-expanding market and in view of easing the flow of trade commodities.
At the end of the workshop, Dr. Mariam Al Dhaheri appreciated all participants for their fruitful contributions and affirmed the importance of continuous communications and consultations with private sector entities and establishments throughout drafting and updating regulations.