Tanzania prepares for key agribusiness summit
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – OVER 700 agricultural stakeholders in the region will gather in Tanzania next year for the third edition of the Agribusiness Congress East Africa.
This high-level business-to-business and business-to–government event is scheduled for Dar es Salaam for January 27- 28, 2016.
Shanaaz Adams, Agribusiness Congress East Africa event director, is encouraged by the response from stakeholders.
“The enthusiasm with which the agricultural industry and regional authorities have embraced Agribusiness Congress East Africa right from the launch of this event, shows that we are addressing a real need in the sector for a meeting place for private and public sector stakeholders throughout the East African region, key decision makers, industry suppliers and farmers of all scales, to discuss critical issues facing the sector, learn from case studies and network,” Adams said.
Janet Bitegeko, Executive Director for the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT), host partner of the event, said agriculture is the mainstay of the Tanzanian economy.
“This is also true to all countries in Eastern Africa,” said Bitegeko.
Agriculture contributes around 24 percent of the GDP and 34 percent of the export earnings.
Approximately 70 percent of Tanzania’s population depends on agriculture related activities for their survival, and over 95 percent of the food locals eat is produced locally.
“This data testifies to the central role played by the agriculture sector in our endeavours to speed up economic development,” said Bitegeko.
Adams said Tanzania had proven to be an excellent location for this event.
“Tanzania is emerging as one of Africa’s top agricultural destinations. The government has identified agriculture as priority sector number one according to its 5 Year National Plan. Stable governments play a vital role in the level of investment into a region,” Adams said.
Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK, is organising the Agribusiness Congress East Africa.
– CAJ News
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