Bratislava, February 24 (TASR)- A total of nine Slovak food companies for the first time ever presented their products at the world’s largest food and beverages exhibition entitled Gulfood Dubai, which took place between February 18-22 in Dubai.
“If we want our food producers to be successful, it won’t be possible without marketing and presentation. We have decided to be much more active and help our food and drink producers to present themselves abroad and introduce them on new markets. We have managed to get nine Slovak food companies to Dubai where their products are showcased on the spot,” stated Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) at the exhibition.
“As part of our business mission, we are accompanied by representatives from another 18 (Slovak) companies that have had an opportunity to establish important contacts here. Even though Slovakia can not compete in the amount of production, it surely can in the quality of food,” she added.
Michal Feik of the Agriculture Ministry further told TASR that as many as 5,000 companies from more than 120 countries worldwide exhibited their products at the food fair. This year, for the first time ever, Slovakia had a national exhibition at the event. It was organised by the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO) in cooperation with the Agriculture Ministry.
Matecna also held talks in Dubai with Cabinet members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Affairs Minister Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The talks focused mainly on investments and research in the field of food security and food monitoring, cooperation in horse breeding, equitation and falconry as well as environmental, water quality and energy issues.