High-level summit at Sial food expo
Abu Dhabi, October 27, 2010
A high-level GCC ministerial conference next month in Abu Dhabi will discuss the development of an integrated food policy for GCC countries.
The event is held in association with the UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority alongside Sial Middle East, the regional version of the world’s largest food exhibition, on November 22.
Since its launch in Paris, Sial has grown into a global food event. Last year Sial had more than 9,300 exhibitors and over 216,000 visitors from 200 countries. This year it will take place from November 22 to 24 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
“The GCC’s food service market is worth more than $31 billion. Last year, bilateral food trade between Saudi Arabia and UAE alone topped $267 billion,” said Fadi Saad, director of Sial Middle East. “As the region’s biggest economy and largest individual food importer, Saudi Arabia has a huge influence in sustaining the GCC’s foodservice market by supporting the consolidation of the food agenda to strengthen the region’s food trade.”
The kingdom is currently GCC’s largest food importer with a spending of more than $17 billion. The food industry accounts for around 13 per cent of total imports and represents the country’s fourth largest import sector.
“Food manufacturers and companies from Saudi Arabia will benefit from Sial Middle East’s comprehensive lineup of business opportunities and networking events by adding value and forging key partnerships for the future,” said Saad.
The keynote session will bring together agriculture, finance, environment and trade ministers from UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Romania, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan to discuss the common GCC standards for food risk assessment and safety, nutrition, emergency response, and effective communication procedures for imminent risk. - TradeArabia News Service