Radio and TV of Guinea (Radio Télévision Guinéenne) a public broadcaster of the West African state of Guinea made a reportage devoted to the IOFS 5th General Assembly commenced in an online format in Tunis, Republic of Tunisia on 10-11 October 2022.
On October 11, 2022, the Director General of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and Chairman of International IFPA H.E Prof. Yerlan Alimzhanuly Baidaulet had the opportunity to participate in the International Forum: Responsible Investments to Agriculture Organized by Agriculture Investment Promotion Agency (APIA) and provide a keynote speech in the plenary session along with Minister of Agriculture of Tunisia, during the visit to #Tunis. Head of International Partnerships of the International Islamic Food Processing Association (IFPA) Mr.Berik Kaliyev also presented “Wheat potential of the Republic of Kazakhstan within OIC geography” at the Forum. The presentation mainly focused on the ability of the Republic of Kazakhstan to produce an additional volume of wheat and cereals and contribute to Africa’s B2B agri-food development as well as to the region`s food security. Furthermore, the IFPA representative discussed with Mr. Mourad Mizouri, Manager of the Business Development Department Middle East & North Africa Region Division of ICIEC possible routes for delivering Kazakhstan wheat to African countries by use of Insurance as an assistive tool of international trade.
On October 10, 2022, the Director General of IOFS and Chairman of IFPA H.E Prof. Yerlan Baidaulet, held a joint meeting with the President of the Guinean Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Crafts, Mr. Mamadou Balde, and the President of the Tunisian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Mounir Mouakhar.
During the meeting, parties supported the idea of creating IFPA as a B2B tool for G2G IOFS. The leadership of the two Chambers is interested in the further development of this idea on the African continent and showed their willingness to support efforts for strengthening cooperation in African OIC member states, developing Halal industry, higher value-added sector, and logistical capacity. Also, representatives of Chambers noted the need to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal of the UN and the readiness to contribute to the global hunger problem. Finally, Chambers accepted IFPA’s proposal to become IFPA Honorary members and work together for Africa’s agri-food prosperity.
Besides the 5th General Assembly, IOFS/IFPA delegation also participates in APIA Forum and SIAT Exhibition in Tunis, Tunisia.
On October 5-6, an IOFS subsidiary, International IFPA attended the annual event Future Food Forum in Dubai, UAE. The Future Food Forum, with the participation of ministers, decision-makers, opinion leaders, and experts, created a dialogue between government and industry players on such important issues of today and the future as food security and sustainable growth of the food sector. The Forum had an impact on changing the minds of today’s food industry players and promoted the creation of the relevant concept of future food in the GCC. The forum attracted more than 700 visitors and had more than 40 speakers each day. International IFPA was represented by its Chairman and DG of IOFS, H.E. Mr. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, and the Head of International Memberships, Ms. Gulsum Kenenbayeva.
During the Forum, H.E. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, accompanied by the Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, H.E. Rauan Jumabek, and Partner of DinarStandard, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ali, conducted a productive meeting with the Deputy Minister of Climate Change & Environment, H.E. Eng. Mahammed Mousa Alameeri. H.E. Yerlan A. Baidaulet presented five main pillars of IOFS activity and emphasized the need for the deepening of the current cooperation with the Ministry on food security education, food security governance, and co-programs for Africa.
H.E. Yerlan A. Baidaulet had an important bilateral meeting with the Chairman of the Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, H.E. Mr. Saleh Lootah on future IFPA leadership and strategy, and agreed to conduct postponed in Tunis IFPA Forum on November 10 in Dubai, UAE.
The other meeting was with FoodTech Valley management, where parties agreed to sign an MoU on cooperation in developing sustainability, innovation, and common solutions for industry and others.
IFPA had fruitful B2B meetings with food sector entities to enhance cooperation through IFPA’s platform. These one-to-one meetings were conducted with the heads of companies such as IFFCO, Tate & Lyle, MEFOSA, Raqam, Yokogawa, Emirates Development Bank, Spirax, Hayatna, COTECNA, Arla, United Foods, SGS, Abu Dhabi Food Hub – KEZAD, Emirates Macaroni Factory, Al-Futtaim logistics, Hunter Foods, and many others.