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FAO and Egyptian delegation interested in agri-food activity in Malaga port

Monday 05 November 2018 02:09 PM

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and an Egyptian delegation specializing in the agri-food sector have visited Malaga port to gain experience on sector handling locally.

The meeting, framed in the policy of investment in the bulk sector in Egypt promoted by FAO and in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), analyzed the model of Malaga to promote public-private collaboration and promote a service of quality through the regularization of the supply chain.

Egypt is the world’s largest wheat importer, so this market is considered of great strategic importance for the country. A report prepared by FAO in 2015, identified the slowdown in the regulatory processes related to the movement of this merchandise and ineffective facilities for the activity carried out.

Based on this context, the institution began to work to improve the quality of operations. The control of the grain, the sampling and the phytosanitary inspection, as well as the investment in new storage spaces and a more fluid and regularized relation with the ports are the most immediate proposals and are fundamental to assume this traffic that moved 23 million tons between the years 2015 and 2017, with a clearly upward trend.

In this sense, the organization chose Spain as one of the main grain importers in the Mediterranean region, with Malaga and Tarragona being the ports chosen to gain an in-depth knowledge of the operations and investments made.