Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about the Summit
African Grain Trade Summit
The African Grain Trade Summit is a high-level grain industry event for the grain sector. It convenes leaders and experts in the sector representing grain farmers, traders, processors, consumers, policymakers, researchers and development partners from across and outside Africa. The main goal is to assess and set the sector’s development agenda, build business relationships and partnerships for growing the sector.
In simple terms, it is like an Annual General Meeting for the grain industry, only that it happens every two years instead of annually.
The AGTS started in 2005 when grain industry players from around Eastern and Southern Africa convened in Nairobi to discuss the state of the grain sector. They noted that grain sector players are highly dependent on each other, yet their interaction was mostly antagonistic. Additionally, they recognised that grain trade between countries was very important yet was always been disrupted by policies such as export bans, tariffs, etc.
So they resolved that the sector needs to be more coordinated, first by establishing an institution that speaks for the grain sector in its totality (i.e. represents the whole grain trade value chain from farming to consumption) and across the region. This led to establishment of EAGC in 2006.
They also resolved that this new body (EAGC) would convene the sector every two years to resolve the pain points facing the grain industry in its entirety. Therefore, since 2007 EAGC has been hosting the AGTS.
The AGTS, in simple terms, serves 4 main purposes:
- Discuss and agree on solutions to key problems facing the grain sector. This is mostly from a policy perspective because most of the problems are rooted in government policy. The grain industry gets an opportunity to present its “ask” and rub shoulders with high-level policymakers. This engagement has led to many positive policy changes, such as establishment of commodity exchanges, harmonisation of grain trade policies such as Standards in East Africa and removal of some trade barriers.
- Business and investment networking: it’s an opportunity for industry players to build business partnerships, expand their networks, etc. This is essentially the case because over time, the AGTS is attended by delegates from all over the world, from countries as far as Ukraine, Singapore, India, USA, Mexico, Canada, France, UK, etc.
- To learn new grain industry trends and developments, both within Africa and also internationally. After all, grain industry developments in Africa are highly influenced by global developments. The diverse audience at the Summit makes it the best place to learn more about the grain sector and “stay ahead of the curve.”
- To build public-private partnerships which deliver both business and social gains
EAGC hosts it because it was established to speak for the grain sector in its entirety, and one of the best ways of doing so is through the AGTS.
Also, unlike other conferences, the AGTS is “for the grain industry by the grain industry”, meaning that EAGC Members – i.e. farmers, traders, millers, and support service providers (e.g. banks, input suppliers, machinery companies, etc.) are the ones who actually drive the agenda by presenting papers, chairing sessions and participating in panel discussions. They key audience is the government and fellow industry players, and through this discussion the sector can agree on what needs to be done to improve the performance of the sector. EAGC simply organises the platform and acts as the Secretariat.
It has achieved a lot of positive changes which continue to benefit the sector today.
Key facts and figures:
- Over US$ 500 million: value of trade deals signed in B2Bs since 2015
- 60: number of international speakers at the 8th AGTS
- 195%: percent increase in grain trade in East Africa following standards harmonisation
- 300: number of high-level grain industry stakeholders
- 20: number of international exhibitors for 8th AGTS
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The 8th African Grain Trade Summit
The 8th AGTS will be held on 3rd to 5th October 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya. The venue is the Sarova White Sands Hotel, one of Mombasa’s finest venues for high-level engagements such as the AGTS.
EAGC rotates the venue of the between its Mandate countries. The last Summit to be hosted in Kenya was 2013, so it is once again Kenya’s turn to host the Summit.
Mombasa is an important hub for grain trade in Eastern Africa. It’s home to the largest grain handling facility in East Africa which serves multiple countries. It’s also home to some of the biggest grain milling companies in the region. As a grain industry event, it thus makes sense to host the AGTS at the place where the grain business happens.
Mombasa is also an attractive leisure destination and provides delegates from around the world with a unique opportunity to explore the best of what Eastern Africa has to offer.
The 8th AGTS will present some exciting new developments for the grain sector. These include:
- Announcement of new logistics solutions to facilitate grain trade in Kenya
- A dedicated Business Lounge to facilitate business networking
- Solutions to protect grain industry investments from climate change
- Approximately 60 international grain industry experts who will participate as speakers
- Presence of multinational grain industry companies from Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa and beyond
As a high level industry event, the 8th AGTS will be attended by the most senior grain industry leaders and policymakers (from governments), as well as respected researchers and development partners.
The Chief Guest is expected to be the President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta. Already two Ministers from Kenya have confirmed their participation. Several multinational grain trading companies have also confirmed their participation.
Given the above benefits and opportunities presented by the Summit, we think of this as an investment and not attendance cost. So your investment as a stakeholder is as follows:
Early bird fee (by 30th June)
Standard fee (from 1st July to 31st August 2019)
Late registration fee (from 1st September 2019 onwards)
Delegate (EAGC members)
Exhibitors (exhibition space plus 2 complementary passes)
You may fill in a physical registration form and email back to EAGC through email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill the form online at the AGTS website: http://graintradesummit.com/index.php/registration/
There are several accommodation options in Mombasa near the venue of the Summit. These include:
- Sarova White Sands Hotel (the Summit venue)
- Pride Inn Paradise Resort
- Flamingo Beach Resort
- Bamburi Beach Hotel
- Indiana Beach Resort
- Travellers Beach Hotel
- Serena Beach Resort and Spa
- Mombasa Continental Resort
- Flights: There are several international airlines that fly direct to Mombasa, such as Ethiopian Airlines, Rwandair, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways, to name a few. International passengers can also fly to Mombasa on Kenya Airways via Nairobi. There are also daily scheduled domestic flights from Nairobi on Jambojet, Fly540 and Fly-SAX.
- Train: daily scheduled services from Nairobi on the new Standard Gauge Railway
- Road: regular direct coach services from Nairobi and Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.
Delegates from East African Community and COMESA countries do not need visas to travel to Kenya. Most other nationalities can also obtain visa on arrival. For more information about Visa requirements, please visit the following website: https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=6
The 8th AGTS will look to find solutions for the missing pieces of the grain trade puzzle and attempt to come up with an action plan to deliver more and better grain trade on the continent.
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