The Hispanic-Libyan Chamber of Commerce, the first meeting of import / export of live cattle, where not only producers and exporters of cattle (cattle, sheep and goats), feed and fodder met, but also buyers. And the result could not be better: orders have already begun to arrive from Libyan buyers, requesting live cattle.
After the organizing effort in both countries, Mª Belén González, President of the Libyan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce highlights "having managed to bring together a broad group of the livestock industry, with Spanish representation from ASOPROVAC, INTEROVIC, PROVACUNO and several livestock organizations in Castilla and León, as well as livestock exporters, in front of the 40 potential buyers who followed the meeting from Tripoli accompanied by Ayad Malug, director in Libya, Abdulhafeed Ashtiwi, vice president of business, and Sulaiman Alajeli, former minister of Economy and member of the Board of Directors of the camera".
After six years stopped by the military conflict that devastated the country, this organization has resumed its activity from which, despite the difficulties, it continues to be the country with the best African economy, being the first destination for exports of live cattle from Spain. "Right now, Libya imports up to 95% of the products it consumes, which opens up a range of possibilities for Spanish companies" explains González.
Although the Libyan market is very demanding, Spain is working to take care of it as a business partner since one of its key points is through the guarantees that the Spanish livestock market offers. Spain has a unique production system in the world because it provides its meats with exceptional quality. In addition to the quality of the breeds and the fattening system - the 50% of which is produced from the mother and the rest is supplemented with grain and legumes - they have highlighted the absence of hormones and / or antibiotics in their animals. Spanish cattle have the health status that the EU requires, the traceability of the product can be followed at all times and special attention is paid to animal welfare.
Spanish businessmen have shown interest in exploring other markets that they already have open with other Arab countries, such as carcass, which would have all the halal requirements.
For its part, the Chamber has assured Libyan buyers that it will monitor the quality of the products they purchase so that the distance does not pose a factor of uncertainty for them and that it will manage orders effectively to obtain a fair price, since, currently in Libya, meat is marketed at an abusive price, which makes it impossible for many consumers to have access to this product.