On March 12, the Director-General of the National Center of Biotechnology (NCB) H.E. Yerlan M. Ramankulov paid a visit to the headquarters of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS).
The Director-General of IOFS, H.E. Yerlan A. Baidaulet introduced him to the 16 strategic initiatives of IOFS dealing with various aspects of food security, sustainable agriculture, and rural development.

Mr. Ramankulov stated that the National Center of Biotechnology is keen to interact with IOFS within relevant fields such as the Centers of Excellence for Wheat, Food Safety and Halal, and Gene Bank.
Furthermore, the sides discussed the participation of NCB in the activities/events of IOFS, such as the OIC Forum on Strategic Commodities, and conducting the IOFS-COMSTECH PGR training programs, joint scientific research, and projects. It is worth noting that Mr. Ramankulov also emphasized the need for closer cooperation with Barayev’s Research and Production Center for Grain Farming in the elaboration of new varieties of wheat and other crops. Moreover, the Islamic Organization for Food Security plans to collaborate closely with NBC on the promotion of the concept of the International Conservation Centre.

The Director-General of NCB expresses his willingness to cooperate with IOFS within his competence and make a joint contribution to the food security and safety of OIC/IOFS member states.
The meeting was concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation between the Islamic Organization for Food Security and the National Center of Biotechnology.

The sides agreed to sign a joint action plan and convene a number of events in this year.

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