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FAO Deputy Director-General to join Al Sumait Prize Board of Trustees

Charge d’Affaires of the Kuwait Embassy in Rome Advisor Salem Al-Zamanan has officially invited Daniel Gustafson Deputy Director-General (DDG) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to join the Al Sumait Prize for African Development Board of Trustees

Gustafson praised the initiative as of international value and that it would stimulate scientific research to serve UN goals of sustainable development, help poor African communities and enable them to improve their living conditions.

He said that being a board member will help to expand and develop the FAO partnership with Kuwait, especially in food security, which is the main task of the FAO and a major element of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Al- Zamanam described, “It is a world-class scientific forum that includes experts, scientists and specialists in various fields with huge research and scientific archives due to cooperation with distinguished universities and scientific institutions.”

Adnan Shihab-Eldin, board member and director general of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), added, “We look forward to welcoming Gustafson to the Board of Trustees and the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the FAO. To this end, we will be extending the nomination period for the food security category of the prize till the end of May 2019 so as to make sure we have nominations for all those individuals and NGOs that are positively impacting food security development on the African continent.”

The board is chaired by Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the state of Kuwait. Other trustees include Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Makhtar Diop World Bank’s vice-president for Africa and Abdulatif Al-Hamad, director general and chairman of the board of the Arab Fund for economic and social development.