Plenty of Opportunities for China � UAE Collaboration in Food Trade, Says ADFCA Director General
H.E Rashid Mohamed Al Shariqi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), said the Authority had adopted the best international practices and strategies in regard to food safety, accomplishing, as a result, a total transformation. International food organizations have testified to this, the latest evidence for this being the British Accreditation Authority's recognition of ADFCA's food safety and animal wealth labs and the various accolades it won in its legislative and applied spheres, he stressed.
The statement of ADFCA Director General came during his participation in an open dialogue with a group of Chinese and Emirati officials at the Emirati & Chinese Investment Forum organized by the Ministry of Foreign Trade in collaboration with the Chinese government, on the sidelines of the China (Ningxia) International Investment and Trade Fair 2012, the 3rd China Arab States Economic and Trade Forum and the GCC & China Business Forum taking place in China currently from the 12th -16th September 2012.
H.E highlighted the development of the food sector in Abu Dhabi since the establishment of the Authority, especially guaranteeing the safety of food products for the consumers and providing support for the farmers. "Chinese products are doing well in the UAE and the UAE is finding opportunities to compete in the Chinese markets as well, since the economic environment in both countries provide a lot of promising opportunities for investments in the food sector and more," he pointed out.
H.E emphasized ADFCAï¿½s willingness to have a dialogue with Chinese food establishments during the forum in order to familiarize them with the UAE's legal and legislative structure and provide them with all the necessary information that will assist Chinese investors to do business in the UAE markets.
On his part, Mohammed Jalal Al Reyaysa, ADFCAï¿½s Director of Communication and Community Service, gave a presentation about Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and its role in ensuring food safety and supporting the welfare of the UAE society, stressing that the consumer is a red line that cannot be ignored.
During his presentation, he introduced the date companies in the ADFCA pavilion, organized under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. "Our aim is to open trade channels between companies in the UAE and their counterparts in Ningxia, a city with a Muslim majority that value date products and appreciate the nutritional and cultural factors that make them a special commodity," he explained.
Al Reyaysa called up on food businesses participating at the forum to visit SIAL Middle East and the Emirates International Date Palm Festival, to be held in Abu Dhabi in November this year and take advantage of the opportunities in the food sector. The exhibition is a perfect occasion for companies to showcase their products in the UAE, he concluded.