United Arab Emirates and Belarus strengthen economic and trade cooperation

Participants in the webinar on halal certification.

The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technologies (MoIAT) hosted a webinar on halal certification in cooperation with the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BeICCI).

The event explored the role of the halal certification system in increasing the supply of food products in Islamic markets, assessing the conformity of products, as well as facilitating the movement of goods between countries.

Presented by MoIAT specialists as part of its cooperation agreements with BeICCI, the webinar attracted the participation of actors from the halal and export sectors in Belarus. The event was held under the theme “Opportunities and Requirements for the Supply of Halal Products in the United Arab Emirates”. In his speech, Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Under-Secretary of MoIAT, welcomed the Belarusian delegation, led by Alexey Bogdanov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food. Other members included Vladimir Ulakhovich, president of BeICCI, and Abu-Bekir Shabanovich, mufti of the Muslim Religious Association of the Republic of Belarus.

Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi said: “The event represents a new step towards strengthening economic ties between our two countries. The webinar builds on previous cooperation between the UAE and Belarus. In 2018, the UAE Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) and the UAE National Accreditation System (ENAS) signed three MoUs with the Belarusian State Center for Accreditation (BSCA) on technical collaboration related to halal accreditation, as well as accreditation. system of competent authorities and the exchange of specialized expertise.

He presented a brief overview of the ministry’s strategy to boost the development of the UAE’s industrial sector in preparation for the UAE Centenary 2071. Its goals include attracting investment in the UAE’s flourishing industrial sector. Arab Emirates, improving its global competitiveness, creating an innovative research and development ecosystem, and consolidating the country’s status as a world leader in industries of the future.

The strategy is based on several pillars: accelerating the adoption of advanced technologies, developing standardization and metrology, increasing value in the country, developing future industries and supporting industrial sectors in any form.

Food security as a priority

The Undersecretary added: “Despite economic headwinds and industry-wide disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the global food and beverage industry remains on the rise and is among the top priorities of countries around the world, including the United Arab Emirates. ”

He stressed that the food and beverage industry is one of MoIAT’s priority sectors for the next phase of its strategy, in line with the focus on food security amid expectations that total spending consumption in the halal food sector will reach approximately $ 1.4 trillion by 2024.

Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi noted that the UAE ranks third in the global Islamic economy indicator, with the country’s halal food and drink market to be valued at 20 billion dirhams next year, according to the report. report on the state of the world Islamic economy.

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