UAE minister for food security in Manila for 2-day visit

Published March 25, 2019, 1:39 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Roy Mabasa 

A high-ranking official of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be in the country for a two-day visit beginning Monday, March 25, to explore cooperation with the Philippines in the areas of agriculture and food sciences, particularly in rice.

United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Food Security Mariam Al Mehairi will visit the Philippine on 25-26 March 2019. (UAE Cabinet website photo)
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Food Security Mariam Al Mehairi will visit the Philippine on 25-26 March 2019. (UAE Cabinet website photo)

UAE Minister of State for Food Security Mariam Al Mehairi will visit the Philippines Rice Research Institute in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, and the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna.

During her visit, Mehairi is also expected to meet senior officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA), as well as other stakeholders in agribusiness.

She will be feted with a welcome dinner to be hosted by the DA. Preparations for her visit are being jointly undertaken by the DA, the UAE Embassy in Manila and the DFA.

Philippine Ambassador to Abu Dhabi Hjayceelyn Quintana will accompany the UAE cabinet official during the visit.

In October 2017, Mehairi was appointed to her current post by UAE leader Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Prior to that, she served as Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation Affairs at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

Part of her responsibilities includes overseeing the development of ‎necessary infrastructure to achieve food security objectives in line with “UAE Centennial 2071”.

Mehairi received her bachelor and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany.

 
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