Serbia and UAE sign memorandum on food safety

Serbian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Branislav Nedimovic and United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi signed a memorandum on cooperation in agriculture yesterday at the 85th International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad.

“We will invest EUR 30 million this year, and we are also preparing projects worth EUR 40 million”,  Nedimovic stated and underlined that the agreement stipulated food safety.

According to him, regulating food safety is important for the export of Serbian products to the UAE market.

As he pointed out, the Memorandum also stipulated the investments in agriculture that are already being realized, but also those that would be realized in the future.

“It’s important to say that the UAE market has a high purchasing power and a demand for quality goods, which, according to my counterpart from the Emirates, we can satisfy”, Nedimovic added. Furthermore, the minister also announced new investments of the UAE in the processing industry.

Zeyoudi said that the United Arab Emirates were becoming a strategic partner to Serbia, especially when it comes to investments in agriculture.

“We are truly proud of what we’ve done so far with our companies that invested in Serbia, and this memorandum creates even more opportunities for new investments for both Serbian and our companies”, he said.

He also announced that a halal center would open in Serbia, and that in order for this centre to open, Serbia will have to acquire veterinary certificates.  Nedimovic responded that the certificates would be finished by September and that the Serbian and the UAE markets will establish free trade in food products.

(Nova Ekonomija, 15.05.2018)

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