Egypt resumes poultry exports after decade-long ban

A number of Egyptian poultry companies are preparing to export their first shipments to the Saudi market in October. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 29 September 2020

Egypt resumes poultry exports after decade-long ban

  • Poultry investments in Egyptian market are worth about 90 billion Egyptian pounds

CAIRO: Egypt is set to export poultry in the last quarter of 2020 following a decade-long suspension after the avian flu crisis in 2006.

Head of the Poultry Division of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce Abdul Aziz Al-Sayed said that a number of Egyptian poultry companies are preparing to export their first shipments to the Saudi market in October.

He said the Egyptian market had received requests to import poultry from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in recent weeks.

Last week, the UAE said it would allow the resumption of table egg imports from Egypt, as well as chilled and frozen poultry, after the country adopts a veterinary health certificate.

The UAE will also import ducks and live quails, provided that Egypt gives a full list of its poultry farms and facilities.

The UAE announced the decision during a video conference between officials of the General Authority for Veterinary Services of the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, representatives of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and the Food Safety Authority of the United Arab Emirates, in the presence of representatives from the Egyptian Commercial Representation Office in Dubai.

Nabil Darwish, head of the Egyptian Poultry Producers Association, said that contact was made between the General Authority for Veterinary Services and its counterpart in the UAE last week, and that the two parties agreed on a UAE visit to poultry farms in Egypt in preparation for the start of exports.

Darwish said the exports will include different types of poultry products, including frozen food and eggs. He added that there are about 14 poultry companies now allowed to export, including Ismailia Misr Poultry, Alwatania Poultry and Al-Sabeel Poultry.

He said that prices in the local market would not be affected by the decision, adding that it could attract new investment.

Poultry investments in Egyptian market are worth about 90 billion Egyptian pounds ($5.7 billion), while there are over 55,000 poultry establishments in the country, employing 2.5 million workers.

Minister of Agriculture Al-Sayed El-Quseir said Egypt handles about 4 million chickens per day, with an average annual production of 1.4 billion chickens and 13 billion eggs.


Saudi Arabia signs AI agreements with IBM, Alibaba and Huawei

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Saudi Arabia signs AI agreements with IBM, Alibaba and Huawei

  • Deal with Alibaba cloud will 'help Saudi Arabia’s journey to develop world-class smart cities'

RIYADH: The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) signed three agreements with IBM, Alibaba and Huawei on Thursday.

The memorandums of understanding came on the second day of the  Global AI Summit being held in the Kingdom.

The deal with Alibaba Cloud is designed to “empower Saudi cities with intelligence-driven smart city solutions,” Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The partnership will support Saudi Arabia’s journey to develop world-class smart cities.

SDAIA and Alibaba Cloud will work together to develop digital and AI solutions in safety and security, mobility, urban planning, energy, education, health, among others.

“Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has clear goals to transform KSA cities into smart ones by unlocking the value of city data as a national asset to realize Vision 2030 aspirations,” SDAIA president Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghandi, said.

“Our journey to creating smart cities that rank among the smartest in the world is already well underway with Riyadh City. 

This partnership with Alibaba Cloud will support the acceleration of the transformation of our cities, through enabling intelligence-driven technologies and AI techniques that will fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life to our citizens.”

Phillip Liu, General Manager of Middle East and Africa, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence, said: “We are proud to bring Alibaba Cloud’s proven cloud and AI products as well as our global experiences and to combine these with the expertise from SDAIA.”