Abu Dhabi Ports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UAE body Food Security Centre to help create port zones for food industries.
The Food Security Centre in Abu Dhabi was established in 2010 to uphold food security through stockpiling and developing a food security system at the state level.
Abu Dhabi Ports is the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community of the region’s ports, Fujairah Terminals as well as the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
Envisaged through the MOU, the partners will develop the food industry by creating food clusters in ports and industrial zones.
They will be covering the entire spectrum that falls under food security including production, processing, circulation, distribution, import and export of food products.
Private sector entities are already working with the UAE government, concerting efforts to promote food security nationally.
Signing of the MOU took place on November 15, 2017 at the Agriscape 2017 agricultural exhibition in Dubai.
It was signed between Khalifa Al Ali, Managing Director of Food Security Centre, and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports said, “Abu Dhabi Ports is one of our key strategic partners and through its world class ports assets as well as KIZAD, they have taken important steps to bolster the food processing and manufacturing in the region with an aim to achieve a sustainable environment, promoting national food security.”
“The second biggest sector in the UAE is food and there is growing importance of UAE food security, which is why strategic partnerships such as this are essential.
“Our partnership with the Food Security Centre, is one of the many initiatives we have initiated, as part of our commitment to prioritise food security, which is one of the UAE government’s key priorities.”