The State of Qatar concluded its participation in Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition (Expo Beijing 2019) on Monday, after its pavilion attracted a high turnout of visitors reaching 2 million, 197 thousand and 379 visitors of various nationalities and ages, during the expo period which lasted nearly six months.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the Organizing Committee of Qatar Pavilion exerted unremitting efforts to make this event a success because of its importance as a platform for the exchange of experiences in the field of horticulture, agriculture and sustainable development, and the distinguished bilateral relations between Qatar and China.
A large number of visitors affirms the ability of the State of Qatar to participate successfully in such important events, as well as the readiness of the State of Qatar to host similar major events.
The area surrounding Qatar Pavilion became an attraction for visitors and was filled with sales booths due to a large number of visitors and long queues in front of the pavilion entrance.
The State of Qatar attaches great importance to green development, agriculture, afforestation, increasing green areas and reducing carbon emissions. The participation of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in this edition was an affirmation of this important aspect in the process of progress and development.
Qatar's participation in Expo Beijing 2019 serves as a platform to showcase Qatar's contributions to horticulture, agriculture and green development, and the possibilities and opportunities Qatar has and qualify it to host Expo Doha 2021.
Expo Doha 2021 will be held on an area of 1.7 million square meters and will last for five months from 14th October 2021 to 17th March 2022.
About 80 countries are expected to take part in Expo Doha 2021 and three million visits. The exhibition will be held under the theme "Green Desert, Better Environment". The logo of the event, launched at Qatar Pavilion at Expo Beijing, symbolizes the use of technology and innovation in agriculture and promoting environmental awareness and sustainable development.
Expo Doha 2021 will serve as a platform for reviewing agricultural solutions and exchanging experiences in the fields of horticulture and agriculture. The event seeks to achieve cultural exchange, learn about the experiences of the participating countries in several fields and to identify their culture and heritage.
The closing ceremony of Expo Beijing 2019 will be held next Wednesday in the presence of HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, HE Qatar's Ambassador to China, and Commissioner-General of Qatar Pavilion at Beijing Expo 2019, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Dehaimi, and a number of officials at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
The closing ceremony will also be attended by senior officials from the participating countries and exhibitors, along with representatives of international associations and organizations interested in agriculture and horticulture, as well as senior Chinese officials.
During the exhibition, Qatar Pavilion reviewed Qatar's successful experience in horticulture, agriculture, and sustainable development, as well as a number of topics in the economic, sports, social and cultural fields. The Pavilion also highlighted Qatar's efforts to achieve food security, which is of the utmost importance to the State because of its direct link with individuals who enjoy all care and attention and all efforts to achieve stability and decent living.
Qatar's National Strategy for Food Security 2019-2023 is based on a number of key elements, the most important of which is the enhancement of local production and strategic storage, and the work to feed the needs of strategic stock through strengthening and developing international trade and logistics, unifying the efforts of the stakeholders of the food security system, the optimal use of natural resources and improving the quality and safety of food.
The strategy aims to achieve self-sufficiency. Efforts in this regard have resulted in Qatar achieving 106% of self-sufficiency in dairy products and 124% in fresh poultry. Efforts also continue to increase fish self-sufficiency, which currently stands at 47%, to exceed 90% during the implementation period of the strategy, through fish farming projects. Meanwhile, 10 thousand tons of meat are currently produced to reach 18% of self-efficiency, the percentage will reach 30% in the coming years. The production of eggs and vegetables stand at 28% and 27% respectively to reach 70% of self-sufficiency in the future.
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