“We were delighted to sign an MOU at Gulfood Manufacturing with the International Islamic Food Processing Association (IFPA) to support its parent entity, the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS).
As part of the agreement, Food Tech Valley will become the new Headquarters for IFPA, resulting in the empowerment of it’s members through industry training and provision of insights into best practices within AgriTech.
Food Tech Valley will also support IFPA through hosting conferences and events, as well as developing a framework for information exchange in relation to matters that are of common interest to the agricultural space.
The agreement was signed by Ahmed AlShaibani, Project Lead of Food Tech Valley, and H.E. Yerlan Baidaulet, Director General of IOFS and Chair of the IFPA board.
We look forward to a strong partnership as we work together to create a more sustainable future.” – published by Food Tech Valley
“By promoting business networking and strategic partnerships in the food processing and broader food supply chain, providing market intelligence and thought leadership, and by developing effective mechanisms to promote access to Islamic finance and investments, the International Islamic Food Processing Association (IFPA) is aimed at resolving challenges of members such as distribution and promotion of agri-food products and championing leading companies in the OIC/IOFS markets.” – published by UAE Food & Bevarge Manufacturers Group
IFPA Forum. An open platform for OIC Agro-food trade and investment” was held at the Foodtech Summit of Gulfood Manufacturing on November 10, 2022. The Forum was organized with the collaboration of UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group, DWTC and Food Tech Valley. The Forum agenda included an opening speech by H.E. Eng. Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and a keynote address by H.E. Prof. Yerlan Alimzhanuly Baidaulet, DG of IOFS, with the most important point being the announcement of the relocation of the IFPA office in Dubai. H.E. Mrs. Latifa El Bouabdellaoui presentation provided data on OIC trade in the agri-food sector, which served as the foundation for a panel session discussion on the development of intra-OIC agri-food trade and investment, as well as how effectively IFPA could facilitate trade and promote investment through its new geolocation in Dubai. H.E. Saleh Lootah, Chairman of F&B Manufacturing Group, moderated the panel discussion. He had a fruitful discussion on the topic with speakers H.E. Prof. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, DG of IOFS, H.E. Latifa El Bouabdelaoui, DG of ICDT, Mr. Mubarak Rashid Al-Sahuti, VP of Commercial Affairs of Hassad Food Qatar, and H.E. Mr. Rauan Zhumabek, General Counsel of Kazakhstan in Dubai and Northern Emirates.
An MoU on cooperation in developing sustainable, innovative, and common solutions for the industry was signed immediately following the session between the IFPA-subsidiary of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and Food Tech Valley, a UAE-government-led initiative designed to address food security locally, regionally and globally.
IFPA Forum brought together members and partners from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Tatarstan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. Kazakhstan Oil and Fat Association, Kazakhstan Sugar and Food Processing Association, Amar Holding Group, Optograd Kazakhstan, and others held fruitful business matching meetings with ICD (IsDB Group), Hassad Food Qatar, and Al-Islami for the purpose of business collaboration.
H.E. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, DG of IOFS held several important meetings on Food security issues with H.E. Eng. Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Climate change and environment, Mr. Liaquat Ali Warraich, Permanent mission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to OIC, H.E. Mrs. Latifa El Bouabdelaoui, DG of ICDT, H.E. Mr, Saleh Lootah, Chairman F&B Manufacturing Group, and Mr. Mubarak Rashid Al – Sahuti, Hassad Food.
On November 9, 2022, the day before the IFPA Forum in Dubai, the IOFS Subsidiary – IFPA conducted a roundtable discussion on agri-food investment opportunities through Islamic finance, led by H.E. Prof. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, DG IOFS and Chairman of IFPA. The round table discussion was held at Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).
The main topic of discussion at the roundtable was the opportunities that IFPA members, particularly those from Central Asia, have in terms of attracting Islamic financial resources and investment, their access to the Central Asia region, the main mechanism of operation, the contracts used in the agri-food sector and how Islamic finance can be effectively used in food security by OIC countries.
The roundtable began with a keynote address by H.E. Prof. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, who has extensive Islamic finance experience and has written a book besides several articles on the subject. It was followed by a brief presentation on Islamic Economy Overview by Dr. Mohamed Ali, a Senior Partner of DinarStandard. Mr. Sohail Zubairi, Senior Adviser – Islamic Finance at DET who is an expert on Islamic banking, capital market and Shariah compliance made a specially prepared presentation on how Islamic finance contracts can be effectively used as tools for the food security purpose. He also responded to many questions from the delegates on technical aspects of Islamic financing strucures.
The delegation was comprised of its members primarily from Central Asia, and included Ms. Gulsum Kenenbayeva Head of International Memberships, IFPA, Mr. Konstantin Nevzorov, President of Oil and Fat Union of Kazakhstan, Ms. Aizhan A. Nauryzgaliyeva, President of Sugar & Food Processing Association, Mr. Raif Safin, CEO Amar Holding Group, Almat Berdenov, Director of Optograd Kazakhstan, Mr. Mohib Ahmet Khan, DG of ATYAB Services in Oman, Shareholders of Faravon Group of Companies and others.
“This morning Gulfood Manufacturing witnessed the signing of a significant MoU between the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and Food Tech Valley, a UAE-government-led initiative designed to address food security locally, regionally, and globally. This agreement will see the International Islamic Food Processing Association (IFPA) – a subsidiary of IOFS – relocate to UAE.Dubai was chosen to become the new headquarters for the IFPA, given its geo-strategic location, infrastructure and track record of improvement of the food manufacturing value chain in OIC countries.Watch here as H.E. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, Director-General, IOFS,
H.E. Latifa El Bouabdelaoui, Director General – Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) and Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chairman – UAE Food & Beverage Manufacturers Group (FBMG), give their insights on this iconic agreement.”
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.