EBRD and FAO are organizing on 3rd and 4th April 2013 a forum focused on private sector investment and public-private dialogue in the Egyptian agriculture sector. The forum will discuss approaches to unleashing Egypt’s agricultural potential by increasing private sector investments in food production, improving trade logistics, promoting exports and addressing import inefficiencies.
Given Egypt’s dependence on international food commodity markets and susceptibility to food supply shocks, active dialogue between the public and private sector is key to ensuring a sustainable long-term approach to tackling food security concerns. In September 2012 the EBRD and FAO held the high-level inter-regional forum Private Sector for Food Security in Istanbul. This experience demonstrated that a proactive approach to policy dialogue, in particular through the facilitation of private sector participation, can lead to an improved business environment for the agrifood sector.
With a view to continuing these important discussions in the Egyptian context, the EBRD/FAO forum in Cairo will be an exceptional opportunity to initiate public-private sector dialogue and identify the role that International Financing Institutions like the EBRD can play in supporting agricultural investment in Egypt.