Astana, 13 November 2023 - The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) took center stage at the Sixth Plenary Session of the CICA Business Council and the Eighth CICA Business Forum, held on November 13, 2023, in Astana. The event, focused on cooperation prospects among CICA Member States in Food Security, Renewable Energy, and Green Finance, witnessed influential opening remarks by Mr. Raimbek Batalov, Chairman of the Board of CICA Business Council and Chairman of the Presidium of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, and Ms. Nazira Nurbayeva Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Ambassador Kairat Sarybay, CICA Secretary General, also shared significant insights on the transformation and development of CICA.
The first session, dedicated to Food Security, featured a presentation by Pavel Kondrashov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of CICA Business Council, on leveraging digital means for cooperation to ensure food security. Stanislav Chuyev from the Eurasian Development Bank followed with insights on the food security and agro-industrial potential of the Eurasian region.
Highlighting the session was a presentation by Professor Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, Director of Programs and Projects of IOFS. Prof. Zulfiqar shared analytics on the current state of food security in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ( OIC ) region and elaborated on IOFS's strategy to address food insecurity. The presentation included specific plans for transforming Kazakhstan into a world food hub.
The collaborative efforts showcased during the CICA Business Forum underscore IOFS's commitment to fostering international partnerships and driving impactful initiatives in the realm of food security. As a pivotal contributor to the discussions, IOFS is poised to play a crucial role in shaping the future of global food security.