The British Embassy in Abidjan in partnership with the Ivorian Government and DMA, held the exclusive, ‘UK-Côte d’Ivoire Agribusiness Investment Conference' on February 10th at 10am GMT.
In line with the Ivorian Government's plans to industrialise the Agri-sector, the virtual conference was a unique entry point into one of Africa’s fastest-growing markets supporting the recent, historic trade agreement between the two countries. The event took place place over two hours, a delegate list shared in advance, with one-to-one meeting requests taken following the close of the forum. Speakers included UK Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the UK DIT Agritech Director.
For a more detailed programme please see below.
Chairperson - Kady Doumbia, President, Cote d'Ivoire Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (CICCGB)
10.00 - 10.05: Welcome
Carole Attoungbre, Head DIT, Abidjan
10.05 - 10.15: Opening
HMA Catherine Brooker, HM Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire
10.15 - 10.35: Keynote Address
David Burton, DIT Agritech Director
10.35 - 10.40: Video Welcome to Cote d'Ivoire
10.40 - 11.00: Agri Investments
Bernard Comoé, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
11.00 - 11.20: Special Economic Zones, Agri Opportunities
Eric Ouattara, Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry
11.20 - 11.55: Companies' pitches
Alimata Ouattara, CEO, ICAD HOLDING (Ivorian Company for Africa’s Development)
Sarata Touré Koné, Deputy Director General, SITA SA (Société Ivoirienne de Traitement d'Anacarde SA)
Phil Gaffney, Operations Director, Ecostim
Video from AgDevCo
11.55 - 12.00: Close and welcome to one-on-one meetings
Kady Doumbia, CICCGB