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MOU Siwa Date Factory

Under the Patronage of Nahayan Mabarak

Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation and the Council of Matruh Governorate Sign a Letter of Intent

 

Under the Patronage of H.H Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and towards further consolidation of cooperation and  emphasis of the solid relationships between the United Arab Emirates and Arab Republic of Egypt and keenness to develop them; and in the presence of H.H Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation in the United Arab Emirates and the Council of Marsa Matruh Governorate in the Arab Republic of Egypt, signed a letter of intent concerning "rehabilitation and operation of the dates factory at Siwa".

Signed on behalf of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation by Prof. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Secretary General of the Award, and by H.E Gen. Alaa' Abu Zeid, Governor of Marsa Matruh on behalf of the Council of Marsa Matruh Governorate, the letter of intent aims at creation of a partnership between both parties to achieve mutual objectives and to work on enhancement of cooperation between both through implementation of its clauses.

The letter of intent included that the will of both parties has met to achieve mutual accomplishments intended to upgrade date palm sector in the Arab Republic of Egypt, given that Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, as an independent organization, has the experience and technical capabilities to manage events, activities and production in the field of date palm sector and agricultural innovation at the Arab and international levels. The Award, and within its constructive strategy, aims to upgrade the date palm and agricultural innovation sector through applying the latest methods and best techniques and modern technology. The Award also has wide experience in operation and management of dates factors by scientific methods and modern techniques.

And whereas Matruh Governorate owns a date factory at Siwa, constructed in 2010 but without being operable for technical and financial reasons and is willing that Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation would undertake its rehabilitation and operation in full capacity;

The two parties, and through a letter of intent signed by both, agreed that the first party, " Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation" will rehabilitate and operate the factory, select the experts, professionals and consultants, whether individuals or companies, for accomplishment of this task, and the first party has the right to assign and approve whosoever deemed appropriate without reference to the second party. The first party shall bear all the costs related to the above obligations but shall not bear the costs of the missing machines and equipment which remain the responsibility of the supplier according to the respective contract. The letter also stipulates that the first party will provide the second party with a copy of periodical monthly reports of work progress during the rehabilitation period including the needed requirements and that the first party undertakes to work with full capacity and capabilities to hand over the factory to the Council of Marsa Matruh Governorate at the beginning of date harvest season 2016/2017 with the available capacities and outstanding quality of dates and their by-products.

Once the factory has been duly handed over to the Council of Marsa Matruh Governorate, the first party is deemed to have fulfilled all its obligations and not responsible for any costs during the pre and post-delivery phase, such as management, maintenance and re-start but remains committed to provide the second party with the post rehabilitation action plan of the factory as recommended by the technician, consultants and administrators in order to guarantee continuation and quality of the production up to the aspired standard.

The letter of intent stipulates that the rehabilitation period is eight months and the said operation period is three months as from the start of receiving dates on 1 October and till end December 2016.

With respect to the obligations of the second party, Council of Marsa Matruh Governorate, the letter of intent stipulates that the second party will hand over the factory to the first party during the rehabilitation period, starting on 1 April 2016, authorize it with full powers during the rehabilitation and re-start of the factory and provide all means of logistical support to the technical and consultant committees, including the required human resources. The second party will also provide the first party with all the necessary letters and correspondence to facilitate the consultant's job in addition to appointment of general coordinator from the Governorate Council to be under the disposal of the first party.

The second party undertakes, as well, to provide the first party with what may benefit completion of the works assigned to it and take-over of the factory after rehabilitation and the first three months of operation. The second party's request of any technical or administrative consulting after operation of the factory is not binding to the first party and remains within the scope of coordination and cooperation and as decided by the first party. 

Furthermore; the agreement stipulates that the second party undertakes to coordinate with the supplier of the equipment in order to provide all the rehabilitation obligations, particularly purchase of all the missing machines and equipment, repair of replacement of the defective equipment and finalizing its relationships with the supplier company according to the contract. The second party will also bear the costs of the required employees, technicians and labor during the rehabilitation and re-start process in addition to the costs of purchase of dates and operational requirements during the same period. The second party undertakes, as well, to develop a receiving policy according to the standards elaborated by the first party.

The letter of intent stipulates that the letter is valid as from the date of signing it and till takeover of the dates factory and for a single non-renewable term.

 

 

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