of the President of the Arab Federation Board of Directors
H.E. Minister of Industry & Technology Development
H.E. the Ambassador
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am honored to be present with you this morning taking over
the mission that has been initiated by the former President
of the Federation, President Mustafa Marzouk.
On behalf of the participants, I would like to thank the French
Agency for the International Promotion of UBIFRANCE companies,
the French Association of the manufacturers of machinery and
equipment for the paper board printing converting and packaging
industries SCIPAG EMBALCO, the French economical delegations
in the Arab countries as well as the French Embassy in Egypt.
We highly appreciate the presence of this significant number
of leading French companies that have met to provide us with
the latest technology in the paper, board-converting industries.
This seminar has achieved at least two of the main Federation's
objectives: On the one hand, it is a significant opportunity
to be introduced to modern technology. On the other hand,
it is an opportunity for the members to meet each other.
With my appreciation and gratitude to these two parts, allow
me to express some of the aspirations we long for. Combining
the five parties, SCIPAG EMBALGO, UBIFRANCE, French Machinery
Factory, the Arab paper Factory and the Arab Federation for
Paper, Printing and Packaging Industries, could lead us to
five fifths and every fifth multiplied by two equals ten.
However, the five fifth equals twenty-five. This equation
demonstrates what we could eventually obtain from further
cooperation between these parties when all efforts are combined.
If the objective is to familiarize with modern technologies,
we, as Arab companies, aspire to modernize our factories within
a strategy planned for the future. We wish these new investments
would not only settled for rehabilitating our factories but
assisting each one of us in getting a specialization in a
certain field and a certain production. These investments
are to increase the chances of success of each company and
not only to improve everyone's equipment. Once fulfilled,
we return to the empty competition cycle again.
There is not doubt that one of the keys for of this success
of this specialization is a minimal coordination between the
institutions. As a Federation, we are ready to answer any
call to help in this respect. It is our duty.
We also hope that opportunities of cooperation interact between
our institutions and the European ones so as to face jointly
globalization challenges in a way that we take advantage of
the available capacities in some Arab countries especially
that the converting of paper industry into recycling and remanufacturing
coincides with such industry's requirements of available capacity
in our region.
In addition, some of the projects undertaken in some Arab
countries, mainly in the Public institutions that will be
privatized, pave the way to new opportunities in this regard
and will give the chance to the participating Arab and European
groups to further coordinate in the building of their future.
The developments that took place in the corrugated cardboard
industry where the light paper is used from 80, 60 to even
40 grs per cubic meter in a serious and increasing way. Such
developments led to converting some of the regular paper factories
into the industry of necessary paper for the wrapping industry
which create new openings for the current paper factories.
We aspire to build a win-win situation that could be profitable
to everyone with consequences to improve all parties' situation.
We welcome the European institutions that allow us to increase
our production and improve its quality even if some of the
importators were right regarding the diminution of chances
reduction of exporting the final goods.
The state of things are they are show that by improving the
equipment in our countries, we increase the machinery importation
but in return, we decrease the goods import.
Nevertheless, we are capable of establishing together rules
of effective cooperation as to, in case of success, will increase
the trade exchange between the Arab and the European institutions
operating in the paper sector relying each on its own specialization
in different market segments. It is unlikely to expect an
unlimited import increase of the Arab Countries for consuming
goods but there is a chance of pushing the cooperation forward
in order to widen the market shares to everyone especially
that the geographical facts and the future indicators favorably
support further cooperation between Europe and the Arab countries
encouraged by the private institutions
Finally, I hope to organize such meetings in the future suggesting
to broaden its scope as to reach the assistants in our working
team. I would like to reiterate my thanks to the organizers
appreciating their great effort. I wish to each one of you
further success and to our institutions further development