Alongside the 37th annual meeting of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB) held in Khartoum, Sudan, ICBA organized on 1st April 2012 a seminar on Applications of biosaline agriculture technologies and marginal quality water in IDB member countries.
The seminar was chaired by His Excellency Mohammad Jamal Al-Saati, Director, Operations Policy and Services Department, IDB and member of ICBA’s Board of Directors. Experts in the field of biosaline agriculture, water resources and environment from local ministries and institutions in Sudan in addition to representatives of regional organizations operating in Sudan and some of IDB officials came together to share their expertise. His Excellency Dr Mohammed Hassan Goubarah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Sudan, and His Excellency Birama Sidibe, Vice President for Operation, IDB, attended the seminar. A representative of the University of Khartoum gave a presentation on Saline agriculture in Sudan and two members of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development discussed The utilization of treated wastewater to produce biofuel in the Arab region. Dr Abdullah Dakheel from ICBA shed light on The role of ICBA in developing the utilization of biosaline agriculture technologies in IDB-member countries.
The ICBA delegation to Sudan also participated in the associated exhibition and attended the other seminars organized by IDB. As well they met with officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and other organizations to discuss potential collaboration.