Overview

To ensure the health and wellbeing of its citizens and residents and the success of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has identified food safety & quality assurance (FSQA) as a strategic area of focus. While FSQA is part of a broad focus for the country, in the case of the quadrennial mega-sporting extravaganza, the aim is to ensure the health and safety of visiting fans, personnel and players. To that effect, there is a strong momentum building to strengthen and enhance the existing cold chain infrastructure and also to ensure robust mechanisms are in place for new construction of cold storage facilities. Hand in hand with these would be a need to strengthen transport refrigeration for movement of thermally sensitive food products within the country. In that context, it is interesting to note that Emiri Decree No. 4 of 2016 established a new ministry in the country, called the Ministry of Transport and Communication, which in line with the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030, aims to roll out “projects and programs that aim to build a land, maritime and aviation transportation system founded on the latest technologies and best practices in the sector”.

The 10th edition of Food Chain, banking on the experience of conducting two earlier editions of the conference in the peninsula, will leverage its wide network of country-wide stakeholders to attend and participate in discussions. In focus will be the regulatory and enforcement framework that underpin the success of cold chain infrastructure in the country. Also in focus will be the key role played by cold storage facilities, transport refrigeration companies and professionals, specialised refrigeration consultants and contractors and end-users.


Objectives

The 10th edition will look to build on the tremendous success and warm reception to the discussions in the earlier editions. To that effect, it will focus on twin objectives…

  • To increase the existing knowledge on transport refrigeration (body-building,O&M) and cold storage warehousing (design, construction, O&M), and
  • To suggest regulation- and enforcement-related measures (to further strengthen codes, standards and inspection processes – procedures, checklists and other documents) and changes specific to the two aspects through referencing global best practices and standards.