Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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June 24, 2013: Fiji’s Ambassador to the State of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr Robin Nair last week paid a courtesy visit to Egypt’s Agriculture and Land Reclamation Minister, Dr Ahmed Mahmoud Ali El-Gizawy in Dokki, Cairo. The visit was a day after Mr Nair presented his credentials to the President of Egypt at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. Dr El-Gizawy congratulated Mr Nair on his achievements and welcomed any development cooperation between the two countries in agricultural sectors such as land use and reclamation, irrigation and farm management, agriculture fresh produce, sugar production of from sugarcane and beets, livestock farming, seeds production, banana and rice farming and research and development. Dr El-Gizawy also welcomed Mr Nair’s suggestion to establish a Memorandum of Understanding as the guiding principle to expedite this new area of development in relations and cooperation between the two nations. Mr Nair said the Fijian Government is currently exploring opportunities with other countries in the area of sugar production and marketing and will certainly welcome any contribution and advice on the advancement and marketing of sugar from Fiji.
He highlighted the importance of technology in agriculture and indicated the MOU cover such technical assistance for Fiji’s fresh produce sustainability.
Dr El-Gizawy said Egypt is ready to share technology and expertise with Fiji to improve agricultural productivity “Egypt is an intensive user of modern technologies to improve agricultural productivity and they are ready to share the technology and expertise with Fiji,” Mr El-Gizawy said. Mr Nair said Fiji agriculture will continue to build and strengthen its relations with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture.
“Fiji Agriculture will continue to build and strengthen its relations with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and it will further explore areas of collaboration and cooperation, including in areas of mutual interest in food security and self-sustainability,” Mr Nair said.
The Government of Egypt prioritizes investment in the agricultural sector because it supplies 44 per cent of its local food demands and contributes 20 per cent to its national income.
The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation is considered to be key especially when agriculture is still the most important source of growth in their GDP.
Egypt is an important actor in the context of South-South Cooperation supporting development projects in many developing countries. Egypt is also initiating innovative modalities of cooperation on the South-South cooperation with the implementation of trilateral cooperation.
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