Global Competitiveness Roundtable Discussions
The Global Trade Matters in partnership with the Asia Egypt Business Association and in collaboration with the Embassy of New Zealand in Egypt, had the great pleasure to hold the “Enhancing Competitiveness through New Innovations in Sustainable Farming” Breakfast Roundtable Discussions in Cairo on Wednesday the 10th of May 2017.
We were honoured to host New Zealand’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy (SATE) Mr. Mike Petersen who was directly involved in the major Agricultural reforms in New Zealand in the 80’s which saw the deregulation of the Agricultural Sector in a general framework of economic reforms. Unfortunately not many other countries followed in those footsteps (Blair House Agreement), and despite a turbulent transition to the new regime, we believe that New Zealand has prevailed with its structural reforms aimed at enhancing its agricultural sector and consequently the overall economy.
Drawing on his considerable farming and private sector experience, Mr. Petersen works to promote New Zealand’s agricultural trading interests, including dairy, meat, wool, horticulture and wine, from the perspective of a practicing farmer.
With this theme, we continue our efforts in enhancing the Competitiveness Dialogue in Egypt while sharing the experiences of New Zealand in this vital sector.
Boosting Egypt’s agricultural production is essential so as to keep up with the high rate of population growth and higher demand; Agriculture is a major component of the Egyptian economy, contributing up to 14.5 percent of GDP and 28 percent of all jobs. Agriculture employs almost 45 percent of all women in the workforce, putting the sector at the top of Egypt’s priorities, as seen by new land reclamation programs: an area of 1.8m feddans is being reclaimed at an annual rate of 150,000 feddans.
Additionally we were honoured with the presence and participation of His Excellency Ambassador Barney Riley the Ambassador of New Zealand to Egypt as we explored further means of collaboration between the Egyptian and New Zealand’s private sectors.
The roundtable discussions will also included Agricultural Sector business leaders collectively addressing the challenges and highlighting the opportunities in bridging the demand/supply gap within the sector.
- Mr. Ashraf Mohamed Naguib – CEO – Global Trade Matters
- His Excellency Barney Riley – Ambassador of New Zealand to Egypt
- Mr. Mike Petersen – New Zealand’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy (SATE)