Pak food exports to UAE exceed $450m in 9 months

ABU DHABI - Pakistan’s farm produce and food exports to the UAE grew to $450 million in the year-to-date period, said Jamil Ahmed Khan, the country’s ambassador to the UAE.

By (Staff Report)

Published: Wed 23 Nov 2011, 11:22 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:18 AM

Opening the Pakistan Pavilion SIAL Middle East 2011, Ambassador Khan said that his country’s export to the UAE have exceeded $1.8 billion in the year, showing a good growth over the same period, a year ago.

Ambassador said that six companies have participated in the Abu Dhabi food industry show, for the first time, a number which he agreed must be multiplied next year.

As the GCC’s food imports will touch $20 billion in 2030, that’s why said he is focusing on boosting the exports of farm produces and processed food, along with rice and other food products. The UAE market, Khan said was very important because 73 per cent of the food products imported are re-exported to countries in the Gulf, along with Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will exploit the UAE’s market to the maximum, he said. “We are working on a plan to use it as a hub for re-exporting our products to other countries,” Jamil Ahmed Khan said. Pakistan, which is the tenth biggest food exporter to the UAE and plans afoot to climb six notches to become fourth largest exporter in the next three to four years.

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