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EBRD and FAO are organizing a forum focused on responsible private sector investment and improved public-private policy dialogue in the Egyptian agriculture sector. The forum will explore ways to unleash Egypt’s agricultural potential by increasing private sector investments in food production, improving agrifood trade logistics, promoting exports and addressing import inefficiencies.

Given Egypt’s dependence on international food commodity markets and its susceptibility to food supply shocks, active dialogue between the public and private sectors is key to ensuring a sustainable long-term approach to tackling food security concerns.

Following the success of the high-level inter-regional conference Private Sector for Food Security held in Istanbul in 2012, the EBRD/FAO forum in Cairo will be an exceptional opportunity to strengthen public-private sector dialogue on the development of more efficient and inclusive agrifood systems in the country and to identify the role that International Financing Institutions (IFIs) like EBRD can play in supporting responsible agricultural investment in Egypt.

Takeaways
The forum aims to identify ways to make the agribusiness investment climate in Egypt more attractive, in particular through policy improvements that could unlock private investment opportunities, and investment areas that would enhance Egypt’s food security situation. Investment opportunities will be assessed from the angle of making Egypt’s agrifood systems more efficient and inclusive.

Public and private sector participants will have a unique occasion to debate how Egypt’s agriculture value chain could become more efficient and inclusive. They will be acquainted with the role that IFIs – such as EBRD – can play in supporting responsible agrifood investments and policy reforms. The intention of the organizers is to create a standing platform for public-private policy dialogue on the development of Egypt’s agriculture sector.

Private Sector for Food Security, Istanbul 2012
In September 2012, EBRD and FAO held the high-level inter-regional conference Private Sector for Food Security in Istanbul. The conference, co-chaired by FAO’s Director-General and EBRD’s President, brought together approximately 100 leading regional and global agribusiness companies including, among others, the CEOs/CFOs of Louis Dreyfus, Bunge, Olam, Saipol, Tereos, Astarta, Nibulon, Aston, Razgulay, Yug Rusi, and Tiryaki.

The goal of the Istanbul conference was to promote responsible private sector investments in agrifood chains and to foster the role of the private sector in addressing global food security. It was a unique occasion for private sector executives to discuss key issues with policymakers, including the Ministers of Agriculture of Egypt and Turkey and the Deputy/Assistant Ministers of Agriculture of Bulgaria, the Russian Federation and Serbia. This experience demonstrated that a proactive approach to policy dialogue can lead to improved business conditions for all players in the agrifood chain, from farmers to agro-processors and retailers. For example, a direct consequence of the conference was the intention declared by three participating countries to introduce or reinforce pre-harvest financing instruments to facilitate local farmers’ access to short-term credit, with the support of FAO and EBRD.

Conference Location

Cairo Marriott Hotel (in the Zamalek area)
16 Saray El Gezira Street • Cairo, 11211 Egypt
T: 20-2-27283000 - F: 20-2-27283001
Web: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Cairo Marriott Hotel

Registration is now closed. All the materials from the forum will be available on the site once the forum is over.

Forum Documents

Event Documents
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Agenda English PDF Download
Logistics Note - English English PDF Download
Logistics Note - Arabic Arabic PDF Download
List of Participants English PDF Download
Speaker Biographies English PDF Download
FAO/EBRD Press release English URL Download
Op Ed: World's largest wheat importer has agricultural potential English URL Download
Forum key messages and conclusions English PDF Download
Opening reception 26 June
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MedAgri presentation English PDF Download
Partnerships for Food and Agriculture English PDF Download
Roundtable 1: Enhancing Egypt’s agricultural export opportunities with focus on horticultural sector
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Roundtable 1 abstract - English English PDF Download
Roundtable 1 abstract - Arabic Arabic PDF Download
Roundtable 1 summary and conclusions English PDF Download
Presentation: Enhancing Egypt's agricultural export opportunities English PDF Download
Presentation: Ukrainian citrus market review English PDF Download
Roundtable 2 - Safety, quality and investment opportunities in Egypt’s livestock and dairy sectors
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Roundtable 2 abstract - English English PDF Download
Roundtable 2 abstract - Arabic Arabic PDF Download
Roundtable 2 summary and conclusions English PDF Download
Presentation: Challenges and opportunities for livestock and dairy sectors English PDF Download
Roundtable 3 - Improving import efficiency
document title language format  
Roundtable 3 abstract - English English PDF Download
Roundtable 3 abstract - Arabic Arabic PDF Download
Roundtable 3 summary and conclusions English PDF Download
Presentation: Efficiency improvements in key import supply chains English PDF Download

For general inquiries, help, or additional information, please contact the EastAgri Network office.

EastAgri Network

Nada Zvekic
FAO Investment Centre - TCIN
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
TCI-Eastagri@fao.org

For urgent inquiries, please dial:
Nada Zvekic: +39 06 570 55474

Sophie Stark
EBRD - Agribusiness
London
+44 20 7338 6151
STARKSO@EBRD.COM

organised by
 
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
Food and Agricultural Organization
of the United Nations
 
under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
with the participation of
 
Egyptian Businessmen's Association
Chamber of Food Industries
Egyptian Junior Business Association
 
with funding from the EBRD’s Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Multi-Donor Account (MDA). Donors to the SEMED MDA include Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.