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Uganda to Host the EMRC International AgriBusiness Forum in October 2010

By Prody MWEMENA MUMBA

The Government of the Republic of Uganda and EMRC International Join hands to boost the African Agro-food sector

2 February 2010 – Brussels, Belgium:
Kampala, the bustling capital city of Uganda, has been announced as the host city for the 2010 edition of the AgriBusiness Forum. At a press conference held late last year, the Government of the Republic of Uganda and Brussels-based EMRC jointly made the announcement that this year's edition of the AgriBusiness Forum will be organised in partnership with and under the high patronage of the Governent of Uganda, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries together with the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry.Following the success of the AgriBusiness Forum 2009, which saw over 400 delegates gathering for the four day forum held for the first time on African shores in Cape Town, South Africa, , EMRC is proud to announce that the next edition of the AgriBusiness Forum will take place in East Africa.

“We have chosen Uganda as the host country as not only does it present excellent business incentives to attract foreign direct investment, it also provides a great example of an agriculture-based economy with substantial natural resources and an impressive economic growth rate. We look forward to inviting our members, partners and the international community, to gather in the bustling city of Kampala in October.” Idit Miller, EMRC Managing Director.

The EMRC Agribusiness Forum 2010 will focus on the theme of “Food Security: a Business Opportunity” with the overall aim of boosting the African agro-food sector through the design, planning and implementation of diverse agricultural projects. Discussions and presentations will explore best practices and expertise and successful case studies relating to the theme will be presented. The tailor-made EMRC Business-to-Business sessions, which enable delegates to network one-on-one will facilitate cross-continental and inter-continental business introductions and partnerships that will propel the implementation of the collaborative ideas planted at the forum. In preparation for this prestigious event, the EMRC team is organising its second trip to Uganda for the first Steering Committee meeting, where they will discuss the programme of the Forum with the partners that have so far been assembled to support the Forum.

The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Honourable Hope Mwesigye confirmed her delight at hosting the AgriBusiness Forum 2010: “We feel strongly that Uganda will be the ideal host for an international event of this level, as we recognize the value, potential and importance this forum presents for the promotion of numerous business and project opportunities in the AgriBusiness sector within Africa.”

Over 400 delegates from Africa, Europe, America and Asia are expected, representing the private and public sector, international organisations, micro-financers, investors, bankers, agriculturalists, NGOs, project developers and owners and more.