Newsletter 07/2019

Austrade update

James Cook University Partnership

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DUBAI, 11th July, 2019 -- The UAE has outlined its ambition to become a world-leader in the sustainable food production sphere of aquaculture with the signing of a Memorandum of Intent, MoI, between the Minister of State for Food Security, Mariam Almheiri, and James Cook University (JCU), Australia.

A Ministry statement said that the agreement, signed yesterday, relates to the Marine Innovation Park, MIP, at the Sheikh Khalifa Marine Research Centre in Abu Dhabi and aims to harness JCU’s knowledge and experience in biotechnology, e-technology and aquaculture - the farming of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants under controlled conditions and with minimal resources.

Under the terms of the MoI, JCU will spend eight months working with the UAE to develop a strategic plan for the Marine Innovation Park. The university will then work closely with industry, government and education stakeholders in the UAE to identify opportunities and development timelines for the MIP.

The Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) Trade Commissioner for the Middle East, Donna Massie, described the agreement as "a highly prestigious partnership, which showcases Queensland’s capability and the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Queensland.”  – read the full article here.

The International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and James Cook University (JCU), have also agreed to collaborate on research and development to enhance food production and agriculture in dryland areas – link here.

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