NUR-SULTAN – The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and the Islamic Food and Safety Organization (IOFS) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote agricultural development and improve food security among members of the IOFS state on July 22 in Moscow, the press service reported. EEC.

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The event was attended by representatives of the diplomatic missions of EEC member countries, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Armenia and Belarus, as well as IOFS member countries, including Iran, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Qatar and Kuwait.

“This memorandum lays the foundations for a fruitful and long-term cooperation. One of the main areas of our joint work will be the promotion of sustainable agricultural development and the balanced development of production and markets of agricultural products and food. It is very important to us. We also plan to cooperate in the field of so-called sensitive goods of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). “I think this will have a big positive effect, including stabilizing prices in the food markets,” said IOFS Director-General Yerlan Baidaulet.

The parties aim to achieve the stated goal of the memorandum through coordinated policies, mechanisms to regulate agricultural development, increase the competitiveness of agri-food exports, unify standards, increase food safety of products and develop biotechnology.

The partnership of two internationally renowned organizations will allow the mobilization and duplication of resources, achieving high quality and sustainable growth in the agro-industrial sector, leading to an increase in the welfare and food security of the participating countries.

EEC Minister for Industry and Agro-Industrial Complex Artak Kamalyan stressed that the Commission’s interaction with the IOFS will expand the exchange of relevant information and opportunities for trade and economic cooperation between the EAEU countries and the Islamic world.

Strengthening cooperation is of particular importance in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Kamalyan, food security issues, uninterrupted supplies of agricultural products and food need quick decisions and joint efforts.

“Ensuring food security is one of the main issues in the national programs for the development of the agro-industrial complex of the EAEU countries, therefore special attention is paid to the integration agenda. I believe that the memorandum signed today will give impetus to the expansion of the borders of the international platform for discussing agricultural policy issues, sharing experience and advanced practices and technologies, “Kamalyan noted.

Today, the IOFS includes 36 member countries, including EEC countries such as Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and EEC partners such as Uzbekistan, Iran, Egypt and Bangladesh.

The Eurasian Economic Commission is a permanent governing body of the EAEU.