The United Arab Emirates, represented by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) and Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC), will participate in the Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) 2018, which is set to run from 22 to 25 February, 2018 in the capital Manama. BIGS will be held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, with the ongoing support of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, Wife of the King of Bahrain, under the slogan of 'Food Safety and Human Health'.
His Excellency Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, Director General of ADFCA, said: "Our participation in BIGS is aimed at enhancing the UAE's strong presence at leading international exhibitions and forums dedicated to agriculture and environmental sustainability. BIGS provides us with an ideal platform to network with all relevant entities in the Kingdom of Bahrain and across the globe, and to share the expertise and knowledge on projects of mutual interest in water, soil, saline agriculture, especially ADFCA's Salamt Zadna Project.
He added: "At BIGS, we will have a dedicated pavilion to showcase ADFCA's community activities and services and to highlight its efforts to raise public awareness about food safety practices. The pavilion will also feature an agricultural innovation corner, awareness brochures and publications, and presentations on ADFCA's achievements and initiatives including Salamt Zadna Project."
Al Ameri also noted that ADFSC will outline through its BIGS pavilion the Authority's best practices, projects, programmes and activities that benefit its customers, consumers and partners alike. It will also promote the exhibitions and forums organised by the Authority in Abu Dhabi, including SIAL Middle East, the only one of its kind in the region, and the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. This will allow ADFCA to attract leading food companies to Abu Dhabi and introduce them to the enormous investment opportunities offered by the UAE.
Stressing ADFCA's keenness on enhancing and streamlining communication among the government entities at GCC level, Al Ameri said that such efforts will serve the common interests of all GCC countries across all fields, particularly food and agricultural security. Additionally, ADFCA will highlight the long-standing reputation of Abu Dhabi and the UAE in these sectors by introducing participants to ADFCA's solid legislatory framework with regard to food safety and agricultural sustainability. Furthermore, ADFCA will share its know-how with governmental and non-governmental entities participating in the event as part of its drive to leverage its knowledge and expertise to achieve outcomes that benefit the entire global community.