On 23 June 2022 “The First Meeting on promotion of Olive oil in OIC member countries” has started in Tunis, the Republic of Tunisia. The hybrid event was organized by IOFS in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia. The meeting was opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of the Republic of Tunisia, H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Elyes Hamza and H.E. Prof. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, IOFS Director-General.
In his statement the Director General highlighted the commitment of IOFS to collaborate closely with Member States, national research centers, regional and international organizations for the sake of exploring new possibilities, ways, and smart technologies to improve the production, productivity and quality of the Strategic Commodities, including Olive oil.
Inaugural session of the Meeting was wrapped up by signing the Memorandum of Understanding between IOFS and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia.
The IOFS’s two-day Meeting pursues high goals: to provide the finest representation of olive oil industry of OIC member countries as well as a meeting place for experts from the olive oil producing, exporting and consuming countries to consolidate their activities and enter new markets.
Over 30 members from the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Lebanon, the State of Libya, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the State of Palestine, the Republic of Tunisia, and the Republic of Turkey were present at the gathering.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of National Olive Office of Tunisia, International Olive Council, Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), and Tunisian olive oil manufacturing and trade companies.
During the sessions speakers noted about current challenges, technological innovations in the Olive oil sector, as well as marketing, promotion and consumption of Olive oil.
The first day of the meeting concluded with a discussion of further development of the olive oil sector and giving recommendations for future cooperation between OIC member states.