Outreach in Eastern Africa
The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) is hosting the IGTC Secretariat for two weeks in their Nairobi offices, offering the chance to build relationships and collaborate on grain trade priorities. In addition, the IGTC took the stage to make a key note speech at the EAGC Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 20 April alongside the World Bank, Kenyan Government officials, and grain trade leaders from the entire region.
The EAGC is the IGTC’s foremost association member in Eastern Africa, covering Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan, and will soon expand beyond into Ethiopia, the DRC and Zambia. The EAGC is leading a number of business-critical initiatives in the region, including the ‘Business-2-Business’ fora, which allow businesses to come together to collaborate on market discovery and contracts. In April, the Ethiopia B2B event took place, resulting in the signature of 51 contracts of 275,000MT among 50 buyers from 6 countries and 40 sellers from Ethiopia.
IGTC President in China
IGTC President Gary C. Martin participated in a number of successful meetings in China earlier this month, with the aim of promoting IGTC engagement to facilitate global trade of grains, oilseeds and other agri-bulks for food, feed, and processing in the context of China’s value chain.
In particular there was fruitful engagement with IGTC Corporate Stakeholder COFCO and member CNAGS regarding participation and support for the Coalition. Closing out the week, Gary hosted a ‘China Grain and Oilseed Reception’ on Friday with grain trade and government colleagues from China and other countries around the world. Overall, the mission represented a significant step in forwarding the IGTC’s global outreach via improved balance in geographical participation and increased leadership on key files.