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April 10, 2008

Africa to be feature of EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2008 at FAO HQ in June

The EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2008 will take place at the FAO Headquarters in Rome on 18-20 June. Organised by EMRC International in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the event aims at networking and showcasing success stories in Africa’s agriculture and food industry.

To this end, the EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2008 will gather top-level representatives from around 20 African countries as well as from Europe, the USA and the Near East . In plenary sessions, workshops and one-to-one business meetings participants will showcase investment opportunities and latest developments in Africa’s agribusiness sectors.


The EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2008 is aimed at building business bridges between entrepreneurs of the South and the North. Throughout the three day programme top-level speakers from agribusiness companies, governments and international organisations will discuss business, finance and investment opportunities for Africa’s agro-food industry. Special workshops will be dedicated to the role of telecommunications, post-harvest treatment and new energies as growth potentials. Multinational companies, international investors and banks as well as local enterprises will present their innovative solutions for Africa’s agriculture and food industry.

The EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2008 will pay particular attention to one-to-one business meetings and presentation possibilities of promising business projects. A key moment of the forum will furthermore be dedicated to the announcement of the EMRC AgriBusiness Awardees 2008 for outstanding business successes and leadership.

Representatives from the public sector and agribusiness community, financial institutions, national and multilateral development agencies will join the EMRC Forum to find their business opportunities in Africa’s rising agricultural economic development. By region, the event will gather participants from Africa (50 %), from Europe (35 %) and from the rest of the world (America, Middle East) (15 %).

Among the top-level participants will be keynote speakers such as Dr Franz Fischler, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development 1995-2004, and Dr. Monty Jones, General-Secretary of FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa), co-recipient of the World Food Prize in 2004.

About EMRC:

Established in 1992 in Brussels , Belgium , EMRC is an international association composed of a vast network of entrepreneurs, financiers, consultants and officials coming from some 100 countries. EMRC’s core activity is the organisation of business events, economic missions and targeted business-development services. These activities are focused on supporting new global trends for achieving sustainability in Africa ’s private sector.

Event: EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2008
Location: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy , 18-20 June
Organiser: EMRC International


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