PH, UAE Boost Agricultural Cooperation with MOU Signing in Dubai
ABU DHABI 01 July 2022 — The Philippines and the UAE, represented by Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn M. Quintana, and Assistant Undersecretary Noora Karam of the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MCCE), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Agricultural Cooperation on 27 June 2022 Accompanying the Ambassador at the signing ceremony were Consul General Marford Angeles and Agriculture Attaché Nolet Fulgencio.
“As we grapple with the effects of climate change and international conflicts on our food security, this MOU on Agriculture puts Philippines-UAE engagement in this area of cooperation at a higher level. The Philippines, being one of the countries most affected by climate change, views the signing of this MOU as timely and relevant as it paves the way for a Joint Committee where officials of the Philippines and the UAE will set directions for cooperation in soil science and management, biotechnology, post-harvest, agriculture R&D, agri-innovation, protected agriculture technology, irrigation and water resources,” said Amb. Quintana.
The MOU provides a strong framework for the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to work with UAE as a partner in the Middle East for agricultural innovation, specially as the new President will be concurrently taking the helm of the Department of Agriculture indicating a strong focus on agriculture by the new President. It will build upon complementarities between the Philippines and the UAE, each having different climatic conditions and equipped with unique and specific areas of specialization that can be applied towards providing solutions in agricultural production for the benefit of both countries, as well as set the stage for maximum exploration of the huge potential for growth in agricultural cooperation.
The importance of the UAE to the Philippines in agricultural terms cannot be overemphasized, as the country was the Philippines' largest market in the Middle East for agricultural food products with exports amounting to almost USD 94M in 2021. END