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Promoting Sustainable Investment in Egypt’s Food Security

05/12/2017-05/12/2017

FAO, World Bank, EBRD encourage private investment in Egypt's agriculture and food sector 

5 December 2017 at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel - Cairo

Egypt’s agricultural sector is facing a number of challenges such as the impacts of climate change, water and land scarcity, high levels of urbanisation, and an increasing demand for healthy, nutritious food.

Under the auspices of the Government of Egypt, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is organizing a forum on Promoting Sustainable Investment in Egypt’s Food Security on 5 December 2017 at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo.

The opening session will be chaired by Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Abdel-Moneim El-Banna, in attendance of Ali Meselhy, Minister of Supply and Internal Trade; Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation; and Tarek Kabil, Minister of Trade and Industry. The forum will bring together policymakers, finance institutions, producer associations and leading agribusiness companies to discuss agricultural investment in Egypt.

Discussions between the private and public sectors will focus on critical aspects of Egypt’s agriculture sector such as grains, sugar, horticulture and poultry. Experts and key stakeholders will discuss ways in which to develop the sector to be more efficient and sustainable and will study investment opportunities to attract the interest of domestic and international investors to improve Egypt’s agricultural sector.

A large number of local and international CEO's of agricultural investment companies operating in Egypt will also participate in the forum to discuss investment opportunities that may attract the interest of domestic and international investors to improve Egypt’s agricultural sector.

The forum will also feature the signing of a joint declaration by the Government of Egypt and the three institutions, committing to collaboration on joint activities to further promote sustainable investment in Egypt, thereby safeguarding food security.

Below is the program of the opening session:

Event Time Ballroom
Registration  8:30 – 9:00 am  
Opening remarks and welcoming note by:
    • Mr. Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa
    • Mr. Simeon Ehui, Director, Agricultural  Global Practice, World Bank
    • Mrs. Catarina Bjorlin-Hansen, EBRD Egypt Deputy Head
    • HE Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation
    • HE Ali Meselhy, Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade
    • HE Tarek Kabil, Minister of Trade and Industry
    • HE  Abdel-Moneim El-Banna, Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation
9:00-10:15 am Alf Leila We Ballroom
Signing of joint declaration: Government of Egypt, FAO, EBRD, World Bank