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Courtesy Meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to the Philippines (June 7, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 7 June 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and new Egyptian Ambassador to the Philippines Ahmed Shehabeld met online on June 7, 2021 to discuss possible market access and investment opportunities between the two countries.

Sec. Dar expressed the Department’s willingness to work with Egypt and strengthen its existing bilateral relations. He also highlighted the current agricultural development of the country which was guided by its “OneDA reform agenda”.

“We are enthusiastic to further open up and hoping that both sides will benefit, and look at every opportunity where we can really open more market access between two countries,” Sec. Dar said.

During the meeting, Sec. Dar also expressed his interest in future cooperation for the promotion of agri products specifically desiccated coconuts, tuna (prepare or preserve), bananas (fresh or dried), and coconut oil excluding crude among others. He said the Department’s will also need investment assistance particularly on food processing and logistics support to Agri-Business Corridor in New Clark City.

“Late 2019, a team from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) visited Egypt’s production areas and processing and packing houses of specific crops such as citrus and grapes as part of the Risk Assessment,” he said.

Sec. Dar also informed the Ambassador that the work plan for the entry of Egyptian citrus has been prepared by BPI thru its National Plant Quarantine Division. He said the documents have been submitted for review of Egyptian concern authorities.

Meanwhile, Amb. Shehabeld assured the Secretary that he is open to work with the DA and would like to explore all aspects involving agriculture. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)