Mafi targets RM350m investment at Expo 2020 Dubai

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic by TMR FILE

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi) is committed with its target of attracting RM350 million worth of investments during the Sustainable Agriculture Week in EXPO 2020 Dubai.

The event wi be held from Feb 21 to 26, 2022 with the support from the Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) as the implementing agency.

Mafi Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee (picture) said the ministry will foster strong engagement and strategic partnerships with global players, especially with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Middle Eastern countries, to further drive sustainable agriculture for Malaysia and for the world.

“We expect to have 11 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) exchanges, 50 business leads, as well as participation from 20 Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and agencies under Mafi during the week.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to show the world how Malaysia’s best agriculture practises, smart innovations, and rich resources contribute to food security and safety, wealth generation, environmental protection, and sustained livelihoods,” he said in a statement on Friday.

He assured that the expo will benefit Malaysia’s agriculture sector and use it as an opportunity to improve bilateral ties and trade between Malaysia and the UAE through sustainable agriculture development through leveraging both country’s strengths in elevating their sustainable agriculture efforts to the next level.

Mafi is targeting 2,000 visitors and delegates during the Sustainable Agriculture Week with multiple programmes in the pipeline including exhibitions, product launches, document exchanges, cooking and product demonstrations, networking sessions, business matching, and pocket talks.

“The featured programme aims to highlight eight of Malaysia’s strengths in sustainable agriculture encompassing biodiversity to wellness; fruits of the tropical climate and its byproducts; smart urban farming; smart farming solutions; waste-to-wealth; culinary sustainability; cutting-edge agricultural technologies and solutions; as well as investment opportunities for agricultural sustainability,” he said.