IOFS Expert Meeting “Projects in food industry: Perspectives and problems in attracting investments to OIC countries.”

Food security is one of the most important directions of provision of any state’s national security. Increasing the availability, quantity, diversity of food, and price affordability, sustainability of agricultural development is crucial to ensure food security. These possible pathways towards a more sustainable food system are at the centre of this thematic focus at an expert meeting organized by the Islamic Organisation for Food Security.

The online session was kicked off by the welcoming remarks from the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) Director-General H.E. Mr. Yerlan Baidaulet who has noted about challenges and prospects of enhancing FDI flow to the OIC countries and the constructive role of foreign investments in sustained, viable and resilient growth of these countries.

During the dialogue, another speaker – WAIPA President & CEO of Dubai FDI Fahad Al Gergawi discussed the impact of FDI as a key to achieving the development of the food industry. He shed light on enhancing the capacity of new quality investments that keep pace with global market trends and support sustainable economic growth.

In turn, the CEO of the investment promotion agency Kazakh invest Meirzhan Yussupov discussed that to ensure the country’s food security, implementing projects in the priority sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy with a focus on agricultural projects is vital. Speaker highlighted about country’s rapidly growing huge transport and logistics potential that creates great opportunities for expanding and deepening interstate and trade relations, government support of investors based on the Entrepreneur Code that ensures freedom of enterprise and guaranteeing exemption from taxes, fiscal incentives, and other government procurement.

Director-General and CEO of the International Islamic Food processing association Sheikh Bilal Khan noted that considering more than 52% of the OIC population live in rural areas and depend on agriculture developing competitive agro-industries is crucial for the food safety of the OIC Member States.

The event was attended by Azerbaijan Export and İnvestment Promotion Fund AZPROMO, sharing about the impact of foreign investments in encouraging exports in the non-oil sectors. The meeting was also attended by representatives of other OIC bodies, including ICD, ICIEC, ICDT. It is worth noting that by the end of the meeting has prepared a resolution with set of recommendations to encourage intra-OIC development of agro-industry and agricultural technologies through investment operations and projects.

IOFS Expert meeting between IPAs “Projects in food industry: perspectives and problems in attracting investments to OIC countries.”

IOFS Expert meeting between IPAs

“Projects in food industry: perspectives and problems in attracting investments to OIC countries.”

24 May 2021    03-00 pm (Nur-Sultan time)


02.45 pm – 03.00 pm

Online registration of participants

03.00 pm – 03.05 pm

Welcome Remarks from the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) Director General H.E. Mr. Yerlan Baidaulet

03.05 pm – 03.10 pm

Opening Remarks from Chief Executive Officer of Dubai FDI and President of WAIPA, H.E. Fahad Al Gergawi

03.05 pm – 03.10 pm

Opening Remarks from Chief Executive Officer of National Company KAZAKH INVEST JSC, H.E. Meirzhan Yussupov (to be confirmed)

03.10 pm – 03.15 pmKeynote Address and Presentation of International IFPA (full subsidiary of IOFS) by its DG & CEO H.E. Sheikh Bilal Khan

03.15 pm – 03.55 pm

1st Session of Expert meeting

·      Presentation from KAZAKH INVEST (to be confirmed)

·      Presentation from DUBAI FDI

·      Presentation from AZPROMO (to be confirmed)

03.55 pm – 04.10 pm

Questions and Answers.

04.10 pm – 04.50 pm

2nd Session of Expert meeting

·      Presentation from ICD – Samir Taghiyev, Head for CIS and Europe Countries.

·      Presentation from ICIEC – Oguz Aktuna, Senior Country Manager.

·      Presentation from ICDT – Mamoudou Bocar Sall, Head of Studies and Training Department.

04.50 pm – 04.55 pm

Conclusion and Recommendations

04.55 pm – 05.00 pm

Closing Remarks from IOFS Director General H.E. Mr. Yerlan Baidaulet

05.00 pmEnd of Expert meeting

ICCIA’s first Country Focus webinar on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at 10 am GMT

Get to know more about Pakistan’s investment opportunities and promising future in the fields of petrochemicals and agriculture in #ICCIA’s first Country Focus webinar on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at 10 am GMT. Register now: through this link

FPCCI #ICCIACountryFocus

The Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is pleased to announce a new platform, ICCIA Country Focus, which is designed especially for its 57 member countries aiming to generate awareness and interest in their investment landscape, market and potential opportunities and promote their FDIs & exports on a global level for joint collaborations and business development.

This platform focuses on the member countries’ strengths, challenges and promising futures. It will support cooperation among the business sector in the countries of the organization through diversifying commercial products among themselves in order to achieve economic integration and economic and social development therein. This is to network, communicate, share and learn from national economic experts, governmental policy makers, business leaders and professionals all over the world.

ICCIA Country Focus will also provide a shared space for open dialogue among the private sector, governments and federations of chambers to produce potential collaborations and contextualized information on on-going shifting trends and arising opportunities.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Food Security Strategy Webinar on 20th May

Dear friends,

We cordially invite you to attend the webinar with the topic of: “The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Food Security Strategy”, which will be held on May 20, 2021 from 16:00 to 17:45 Kazakhstan time (14:00-15:45 UAE time) online organized by the AIFC Business Connect.

During the webinar, the UAE’s food security strategy, state support measures for the implementation of agro-industrial projects in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the main criteria and conditions for selecting projects for investment by international and local investment companies will be discussed. You will be able to directly ask questions about obtaining support tools in the implementation of the investment projects, as well as raise questions about the possibility of cooperation with potential investors.

You can join us by using the following registration link: If you have any questions, please contact at or by phone number+7 700 090 9002.

Kazakhstan – The Grain Basket of Asia? Prospects for Growth and Investment in the Future-Focus on Cereals and Oil Seeds’.

The British-Kazakh Society in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade is hosting a webinar on the theme ‘Kazakhstan – The Grain Basket of Asia? Prospects for Growth and Investment in the Future-Focus on Cereals and Oil Seeds’. The British-Kazakh Society – non-for-profit organisation to support bilateral relationships between the United Kingdom and Kazakhstan in trade & investment, culture & education.

The central issue of the webinar will focus on the grain industry in Kazakhstan, more specifically on potential possibilities for improvement in yields and irrigation along with opportunities for technological improvement as well as forms of investment.

8th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Halal Expo

Being the largest exhibition in the halal sector organized in association with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), 8th edition of OIC Halal Expo is ready to open its doors to exhibitors and visitors from all over the globe in November 2021 at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), which is the international congress and event destination, boasting world-class technological infrastructure and a high-quality service it offers to visitors.

Halal Expo is an annual event organized in cooperation with the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), with the support of Ministry of Trade of Republic of Turkey and other related ministries and public institutions of the Republic of Turkey. Covering the area of 14,476 m2, 7th OIC Halal Expo, which was held from November 28 to December 1, 2019, hosted 378 national and international exhibitors from 36 countries and more than 34,865 visitors with the share of foreigners amounting to 4756 attendees from 94 countries. Further, 7th OIC Halal Expo successfully incorporated a series of B2B meetings engaging more than 474 buyers from 48 countries into this exceptional trade business event.

Being simultaneously with the World Halal Summit which has been organized under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, 8th OIC Halal Expo will offer an outstanding exhibition area and a distinctive platform for a broad range of workshops, meetings and side-events as well as B2B Meetings Program with the participation of professional hosted buyers and delegates among other activities related to the definition of halal.

Full information of the exhibition available here:

Abstract Submission for 7th World Halal Summit is Open!

The 7th World Halal Summit (WHS), under the theme of ‘New Era & New Normals: Necessity of Halal Production and Consumption’ which will be held on the 25-27 November 2021, in Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC), Istanbul, Turkey; simultaneously with the 8th OIC Halal Expo on the 25-28 November 2021.

They are organised by Discover Events on behalf of the Islamic Centre of Development of Trade (ICDT) and the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) in line with the cooperation framework agreement between the two institutions.

The Summit offers a rich programme of inspiring keynote addresses, interactive panel sessions featuring halal sector pioneers and other stakeholders to debate challenges and opportunities about the halal sector as well as scientific presentations and seminars.

They are looking forward to receiving applications by submission of abstracts and welcoming those chosen to Istanbul in November 2021!

More info on the event:

Please download Call for Abstracts here.

3 – 4 September, 2021 IsDB Group Annual Meetings, Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan

The Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB Group) holds its Annual Meetings to discuss development issues and institutional matters.

The meetings attract more than 2,000 participants and offer an ideal platform for decision-makers to discuss challenges and explore IsDB Group member countries’ opportunities.

During the Annual Meetings period, seminars and flagship events feature top-level panelists from governments, international & regional organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society. The side events program provides a dynamic platform to discuss economic, financial and development issues of current interest to IsDB Group member countries and their partners.

The side events also aim to encourage discussions and debates and promote partnerships, cooperation, and knowledge sharing. Most of the events are open to all registered participants.

For more info please visit: IsDB Annual Meetings