The Minister of Agriculture and Food Kiril Vatev discussed the development of bilateral trade in agricultural goods with His Excellency. Khalid Ibrahim Emara, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Bulgaria, at a meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The two commented on the possibilities for increasing the export of Bulgarian grain and fruit to Egypt.
Minister Vatev pointed to the need of exploring options for broader commercial exchanges and lower logistic costs. He added that agricultural science in Bulgaria, highly developed by the Agricultural Academy, provides a solid foundation to build on cooperation in that area.
Ambassador Emara showed interest in the possibility to export apples, cherries, strawberries and bio fertilizers to the Egyptian market, in addition to grain crops, and in deepening partner business relations. He suggested the idea of Bulgaria setting up a storage and distribution centre for the Egyptian agricultural products in order to shorten supply chains in food trade.
"We want to look east, too, and seek opportunities for increasing the sale of Bulgarian produce on the Arab markets. To this end, we rely on a deeper future partnership with Egypt," Minister Vatev pointed out.
Deputy minister Alexander Yotsev also attended the meeting.