Tripoli, 1 January 2014:
The High Committee for the Advancement of Agricultural Industries organised a workshop in Tripoli yesterday attended by the . . .[restrict]Minister of Industry, Sulieman Latief.
The workshop’s main focus was to review the present status of the agricultural manufacturing sector as well as putting in place a strategy that would develop the sector.
The workshop also suggested that a national forum be held including all the possible stakeholders in this sector in order to come up with initiatives and proposals for progressing the sector as well as identifying the obstacles to its underdevelopment.
In his opening remarks, Minister of Industry, Sulieman Latief said that he hoped that this workshop would help in creating an industrial/manufacturing and economic centre in Libya which would through SME create job opportunities.
The workshop also stressed the need for the sector to “add value” to agricultural products and put in place policies for better cooperation between the private and public sector.
It also saw the food or agricultural industry as an important diversification of Libya’s economy away from the overwhelming dominance of the hydrocarbon sector. [/restrict]