Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
October 22nd, 2015
Al Dahra Agriculture, a subsidiary of Al Dahra Holding and a prominent multinational feed and food agribusiness player, headquartered in Abu Dhabi with presence across four continents and trading activity in more than 25 countries, announced today that it has held its first Feed and Food Symposium in Beijing, China. The event was hosted under the patronage of the United Arab Emirates Embassy in The People’s Republic of China and the honorable ambassador of the UAE to China, HE Omer Al Bitar. Representing the UAE Embassy, the Chargé d’Affaires HE Saeed Al Muhairi attended the event.
The event was attended by more than a hundred guests, including senior representatives from various Chinese Government agencies and departments, Al Dahra Holding executive management, business partners, customers and members of the local media. In special mention, the event was attended by Mr. Zhao Wei Ning, Deputy Director General at the International Cooperation Division; Mr. Chen Mao Sheng, Deputy Director General at the Department of Supervision on Animal and Plant Quarantine; Ms. Ma Ying, Director of Dairy Industrial Management Office and Mr. Lu Xin Shi, President of the China Grassland Association.
The evening featured several speeches on both food and feed security from different delegates. In particular, HE Khadim Al Darei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Dahra Holding presented the vision and fundamentals of the Al Dahra global portfolio. This was followed by a presentation by key Al Dahra Holding executives on the global implementation and progress of Al Dahra’s long term vision for a truly global food and feed supply chain. Highlighted throughout was Al Dahra’s firm commitment to Food and Feed Security in China and throughout the world. The speeches were followed by a networking session and dinner during which there were further exchanges about mutual cooperation between Al Dahra and the Chinese entities and further discussions around the safety and nutritional value of agricultural crops supplied to China.
On the occasion of the symposium, HE Omer Al Bitar commented: “It is my pleasure to facilitate the hosting of this symposium and support companies like Al Dahra, who are rooted in the UAE and significantly contribute to the supply of key commodities to China through their international network. The United Arab Emirates and China have enjoyed more than 35 years of strong bilateral relations, with about 55 billion dollars trading volume between the two nations and an average annual growth rate of 16%. Today, the UAE is considered as the first trading partner with China from the GCC region and we aim at futher growing and strengthening our relations going forward”.
In turn, HE Khadim Al Darei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Dahra Holding commented: “Al Dahra has made widespread global investments in agriculture; giving it a strong position to supply Feed and Food products all year-round without interruptions and from various origins, hence mitigating any trade risks. Similarly, the vertically integrated investment approach that we have adopted allow us to gain control over the entire supply chain from farming to delivery to the end-consumer and to ensure the application of stringent quality measures. Today, we are able to put our global capabilities at the service of the Chinese market and consumers and to further strengthen the bond with our trading partners. Not only do we understand the particularities of the market and the domestic safety regulations, we ensure that the requirements of the Chinese market are catered for from the farming and production phase”.
Whilst Al Dahra Holding has been serving the Chinese market for more than a decade through its various subsidiaries, the event was meant to reconfirm Al Dahra’s commitment towards the Chinese market and the Chinese consumer.
The event was held at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel and is considered as one of a series of other symposiums to be organized by Al Dahra Holding in the future.