“High-level Conference to promote agribusiness and agro-industries in Africa” 8-10 March 2010, in Abuja

Ways to boost the development of agribusiness and agro-industries in Africa will be the focus of a high-level conference hosted by the Government of Nigeria in Abuja from 8 to 10 March. Keep in mind that enhancing competitiveness of African agriculture and agri-food industry constitutes one of the main objectives of the Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure Partnership of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.

Participants will discuss strategies for the promotion of sustainable and inclusive agribusiness and agro-industries development on the continent, and are expected to endorse the African Agribusiness and Agro-industries Development Initiative (3ADI). The 3ADI comprises a programme framework and associated financial modalities through which the public and private sectors can mobilize resources for investment in  agri-food sector development in Africa.

The event will bring together Government officials from some 40 African countries, as well as senior policy makers and representatives of financial institutions.

The Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, will deliver a speech at the event on 10 March.

The Conference will also be attended by the heads or representatives of international organizations, including the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping; the Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Africa, Abdoulie Janneh; the Vice President of the African Development Bank, Kamal El Kheshen; the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Kanayo F. Nwanze; the Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Modibo Traore; and the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Kandeh K. Yumkella.

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