Eng. Ashraf Al-Jazairly: The food industry is the largest contributor to economic and social development

Fathi Al-Sayeh

The head of the Chamber of Food Industries in the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Eng. Ashraf El-Jazairly, confirmed that the food processing sector is one of the largest sectors contributing to economic and social development.

This came during His Excellency’s speech in today’s discussion session at the International Forum and Exhibition for Industry entitled “Towards sustainable industrial development.” The session was attended by Mohamed Abdel Karim, Chairman of the Authority Industrial Development on behalf of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Eng. Ahmed Samir, Ahmed Abdel Hamid, President of the Chamber of Building Materials Industries, Mohamed Qassem, member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Industries, Dr. Khaled Abu Al-Makarem, President of the Export Council for Chemical Industries and Fertilizers, Hisham Al-Jazzar, Member of the Export Council for Handicrafts, and Dr. Mohamed Mujahid, Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Education.

The session was attended by members of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Food Industries, Ahmed El-Fendi, Mohamed Saleh, and Shehata Abdel Al-Hafiz, members of the Board of Directors, and Mahmoud Al-Bassiouni, Executive Director of the Chamber. Contributes about 200 billion dollars added value to the gross national product.

He pointed out that the food industry sector absorbs about 7 million direct and indirect job opportunities, and the volume of investments exceeds A billion dollars for 600 a thousand food establishments Members of the Chamber in the official sector, noting that the value of exports amounted to 4.2 billion dollars and achieved a growth rate of 200% last year.

He stressed that the Chamber’s vision is based on building competitive and comprehensive value chains for sustainable growth in the local market with the aim of becoming Egypt A food factory for the Middle East and Africa, and the main supplier of food to European markets. That all international food companies moved their production bases to manufacture food in Egypt, and this is a strong indication of the opportunities for industry growth and an increase in exports during the
He indicated that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s ratification of Law No. 1 for the year 2017 The establishment of the Food Safety Authority had a significant impact on the recovery of the food processing sector and the increase in the competitiveness of the sector’s exports, in addition to the availability of a huge infrastructure of roads, electricity, gas, energy, logistic services and ports

He pointed out that Egypt occupies the first place in the world in the export of frozen strawberries, and in the export of oranges. And the largest producer of dates in the world. It also occupies the second in the export of pickled and factory olives, and the third in the export of dried onions. He added, Egypt also has a competitive advantage and future growth opportunities in the production of medicinal and aromatic plants, essential oils, dried tomatoes, tilapia fish plants, frozen dates and artichokes, and tomato and fruit concentrates.
He pointed out that the Chamber’s strategy and its role in achieving sustainability for the food industry sector work on 5 axes, which are the integration of companies into the formal economy system, the development of value chains and the integration of small companies and medium in value chains and promoting innovation, in addition to increasing exports.

The President of the Chamber of Food Industries stressed the importance of The role of the Ministry of Agriculture in providing agricultural guidance in terms of raising awareness of the dangers of increasing the use of pesticides and medical drugs in line with food safety, encouraging the establishment of agricultural industrial complexes, and providing financing packages at appropriate interest rates to rehabilitate small and medium industrial enterprises to comply with food safety requirements and support the private sector to develop the education system Technical and technological solutions to bridge the gap between theoretical education and the requirements of the labor market and the expansion of training and qualification programs provided by the Chamber to members, on top of which is the Izdihar program, which has been qualified for 18 A company from the small and medium enterprises sector to grow and expand.

He also indicated the importance of maintaining On Egypt’s reputation in international exhibitions and increase export competitiveness by encouraging Egyptian participation in international food fairs. He stressed that the Chamber has signed many partnerships at the institutional level over the past years Those concerned with the sector locally and internationally, including cooperation with the Food Safety Authority to sustain the provision of technical support and support for the conformity of industrial facilities with food safety requirements and export requirements, and a protocol with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, in addition to a protocol with the National Bank of Egypt to help small and medium-sized companies find appropriate financing for the development of the industry and support The facilities comply with the food safety requirements in them, as well as the Chamber’s efforts to sustain the Izdihar program, where a number of 200 companies have been qualified to enhance growth opportunities as well. About cooperation with the Central Laboratory for the Analysis of Pesticide Residues, in addition to cooperation with UNIDO in rehabilitating companies in Upper Egypt to comply with the requirements of the green economy. )