FEC to re­ceive del­e­ga­tion vis­it­ing lo­cal fac­to­ries in Novem­ber: ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

DEL­E­GA­TION REP­RE­SENTS COUN­TRIES FROM EUROPE, AMER­ICA, AFRICA, AND CANADA

The Daily News Egypt - - Business -

The Food Ex­port Coun­cil (FEC) will re­ceive next month a trade del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing more than 15 coun­tries to visit the lo­cal fac­to­ries to see their pro­duc­tive ca­pac­i­ties and their com­mit­ment to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Ma­nar Nasr, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the FEC, said the coun­cil is work­ing to in­crease ex­ports and open new mar­kets for Egyp­tian prod­ucts as part of the state’s strat­egy to max­imise the re­turn on ex­ports.

She pointed out that the eco­nomic de­ci­sions taken by the govern­ment in the last pe­riod will have a pos­i­tive re­turn on ex­ports in the medium and long term, espe­cially with re­gards to the lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of the ex­change rate, which gave Egyp­tian prod­ucts a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in global mar­kets.

She added that the coun­cil works on sev­eral axes for the de­vel­op­ment of ex­ports, most no­tably the par­tic­i­pa­tion in for­eign ex­hi­bi­tions: Anuga, Sial, and Gul­food. More­over, she pointed out, the Egyp­tian pav­il­ion at the ex­hi­bi­tion of this year in­cludes more than 87 com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing 68 ones un­der the FEC and 19 coun­tries un­der the Agri­cul­ture Ex­port Coun­cil.

She noted that Gul­food Dubai has wit­nessed a great num­ber of Egyp­tian com­pa­nies. The num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in the Egyp­tian pav­il­ion has reached 130, next to 50 oth­ers on the wait­ing list.

More­over, Nasr said the pro­mo­tional mis­sions car­ried out by the coun­cil with a num­ber of com­pa­nies are aimed at open­ing up new mar­kets to com­pa­nies and in­tro­duc­ing the qual­ity of Egyp­tian prod­ucts.

She added that the coun­cil is also work­ing to bring for­eign buy­ers away from com­pe­ti­tion in the ex­hi­bi­tions to get to know more about Egyp­tian prod­ucts. A del­e­ga­tion rep­re­sent­ing more than 15 coun­tries from Europe, Amer­ica, Canada, and Africa will visit Egyp­tian fac­to­ries to learn about the qual­ity stan­dards they fol­low in food safety.

US and Euro­pean com­pa­nies are in­ter­ested in the agri­cul­tural pro­cess­ing sec­tor, while African com­pa­nies are fo­cus­ing on vis­it­ing con­fec­tionery and juice fac­to­ries, she said.

She af­firmed that the coun­cil is par­tic­i­pat­ing for the first time in the in­ter­na­tional trade fair “PLMA”, “In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion of oth­ers”, which was held in Am­s­ter­dam, Netherlands, on 29 and 30 May 2018.This helps lo­cal fac­to­ries to work at full ca­pac­ity and pro­vide more jobs, she added.

The num­ber of ex­port­ing com­pa­nies of the coun­cil is es­ti­mated at about 350 com­pa­nies, with plans to in­crease the num­ber by 10% per year. Nasr said the num­ber of com­pa­nies is not the only tar­get, as the ex­port ca­pac­ity of these com­pa­nies are more im­por­tant to boost ex­ports in gen­eral.

The coun­cil also con­ducts train­ing cour­ses for com­pa­nies wish­ing to en­ter the ex­port sec­tor, where they are in­tro­duced to the con­di­tions that must be met in their fac­to­ries and prod­ucts to be ex­portable and ca­pa­ble of com­pe­ti­tion, as well as vis­its to fac­to­ries in co­op­er­a­tion with the Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Author­ity and as­sist­ing them to ob­tain qual­ity cer­tifi­cates re­quired for ex­port.

She called for the need to sign an agree­ment be­tween the Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try and Egyp­tAir to sup­port tick­ets for for­eign ex­hi­bi­tions and sup­port the ship­ment of prod­ucts of com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing in ex­hi­bi­tions to en­sure a strong pres­ence of Egyp­tian com­pa­nies in in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions.

Ma­nar Nasr, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the FEC

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