Grain value chain actors from Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), Africa and the world at large, are set to convene in Kigali, Rwanda from October 1st to 3rd for the 6th biennial African Grain Trade Summit. Participants will include: grain millers, traders, transporters, clearing and forwarding agencies, bankers, insurance companies, farmers, food processors and international development organizations.
Organized by the East Africa Grain Council (EAGC), under the theme 'Towards Creating an Enabling Environment for Grain Trade in Africa: Technology, Information, Policy and Services', conference participants will seek to tackle various challenges facing the sector to unlock growth. Some of the key challenges identified include: increased residual tariffs, non-tariff barriers, lack of regionally, well-established trading platforms, weak and fragmented market information systems, limited knowledge of how to create supportive policy and framework by the stakeholders and limited awareness of the export/import procedures and opportunities therein.
"The EAGC recognizes that most of the grain problems experienced today emanate from policy deficiencies that require high-level Public- private dialogue that produces commitments from all stakeholders to take concrete measures, to address these problems. EAGC facilitates such dialogue through AGTS," said Mr. Gerald Masila, EAGC Executive Director at the conference media launch on 8th September in Kigali.