With the initiation of cooperation with Siwa Association for community development and environment protection in 2014, IMC had the intention to disseminate awareness with regard to food processing safety, especially in the dates sector. IMC conducted several specialized training courses on best practices of ISO22000. This was followed by qualifying five dates factories to obtain ISO certificate in 2017.
As a result, production has increased by 10-20%, as well as a remarkable increase in exports. This has resulted in a growing tendency among new investors to ISO22000 certification, not only in Siwa, but in other dates producing oasis.
During the period from 2014-2019, IMC industrial clusters program provided assistance in many activities such as:
- Displaying the Cluster’s dates products at the International Furnex Exhibition in 2015 inside the pavilion of IMC "Creative Egypt", where products were very well-received
- Helping the cluster participate in the “consumer goods supermarket exhibition” in 2015, in order to help the Cluster make contracts with Egyptian and international distribution companies and retail chains.
IMC Clusters program continued its activities with the association through contribution to the ISO22000 certification first and second reviews of five factories during 2018 and 2019.