P51530 9th Annual Africa Sugar
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9th Annual Africa Sugar

9 – 11 April 2019, Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, Kenya

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IBC’s 9th Africa Sugar is back, bigger and better. Having demonstrated quality in content and business partnerships, this is by far the leading event for the region.

With a high level organizing committee providing input to reshape the agenda, 2019 will see new and innovative subject matter impacting the industry today. Focusing on finding new markets for sugar, creating new revenue streams, trade, innovation and digitalisation in production, and best practices in various sustainability impact areas, the conference will bring a tailored approach to what’s best for the African region.

New in 2019

  • Trade, import regimes and negotiations
  • Implementation of trade agreements
  • Strategies to manage the short term low prices and bearish outlook
  • Export market dynamics
  • Sugar price outlook
  • Creating new markets for sugar and by products
  • Digitalisation technologies being adopted in the sugar processing industry
  • Cane pricing and best practice in various models
  • Regional market updates on trade and production efficiencies
  • Water management
  • Attracting investors
  • Financing, funding and policy for smallholder outgrower schemes
  • Improving efficiencies and sustainability in outgrowers production

Site Tour

9 April 2019, Tuesday
Hosted by Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) of Kenya; tour to local Tea, Coffee and Horticulture farms to showcase sustainability and technology initiatives.

Gala Dinner

10 April 2019, Wednesday, from 6.30pm
Africa sugar industry’s most anticipated Gala dinner is confirmed! It will take place on 10 April 2019 Wednesday from 6.30 pm. Innumerable networking opportunities are available and this is the one event not to be missed. Registrations are open for conference participants only, so book your ticket NOW.


8:00 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

8:50 am

IBC Asia’s Opening Remarks

9:00 am


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Peter De Klerk, Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization

Welcome Address by Agriculture Food and Authority (AFA) Kenya

Anthony Muriithi, Interim Director General, AFA, Kenya

9:10 am

  • Key crops, trade and investment overview in the region
  • Directives for the sector, and COMESA initiatives planned
  • Responsible Investment
  • Industry partnerships being sought

9:40 am

  • What are the required investments to strengthen Africa’s economic transformation in agriculture and food?
  • Supporting economic diversification and development through sustainable practices
  • Climate smart agriculture – key practicalities and priorities for Africa
  • Mechanisation and digitalisation trends in next-generation farming and processing

10:30 am

Morning Networking & Refreshment Break

Africa Sugar Conference Commences

11:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


11:10 am

World Sugar Market Outlook – What Future Holds for Africa?

Peter De Klerk, Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization

11:30 am

  • Sugar consumption and forecast to 2020
  • Supply Chain opportunities in distribution and warehousing
  • Destination markets to grow: EU, US, Southern Africa
  • Investment and diversification consideration for millers and refiners

12:00 pm

  • Sugar market policies updates
  • Local market prices, impost outlook and supplies sources for Kenya
  • Adopting plantation and irrigation farming and mechanisation

12:30 pm

  • Record global stocks
  • Lower level of consumption growth
  • Huge production flexibility between sugar & ethanol in Brazil
  • Idle capacity of stand-alone refineries
  • Increase in agricultural efficiencies and costs reduction
  • Permanente government interferences

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch


2:00 pm

  • Price projections
  • Overview of global sugar industry to price and hedge transactions
  • Detailed trends and components of the sugar price forecast & prognosis
  • Sugar futures & options

2:30 pm

  • Sugar distribution and supply chain management
  • How emerging market currencies influence international sugar trade

Ethanol Market

3:00 pm

  • Global ethanol policy, production and trade dynamics
  • Advanced Biofules: Availability, readiness and investment
  • Ethanol production expansion: Challenges and opportunities

3:30 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

4:00 pm

  • Top Five challenges for Malawi
    • Cost of Finance
    • Power supply
    • Telecommunications
    • Crime
    • Effectiveness of the National Assembly as a Law making institution
  • Specifics to the Ethanol Industry
    • Taxation
    • Price regulation
    • Technical regulations & Standards
    • Cost of production

4:30 pm

Long-Term Plan for Fuel Ethanol Production

Christopher Guta, CEO, PressCane Limited, Malawi

5:00 pm

Modern Day Ethanol Plant

Makarand Joshi, Head, Business Development – Africa & Middle East, Praj Industries Ltd

5:30 pm

Chairperson’s Summary and End of Day One

6:00 pm

Gala Dinner

8:50 am

Morning Coffee

8:55 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


9:00 am

  • Production volumes and their determinants
  • Trade dynamics – market opportunities and challenges
  • Diversification – what more can be done?

9:30 am

  • South Africa sugar industry overview
  • DBRP Tariff policy drivers, and implementation framework
  • Calculation methods
  • Policy implications

10:00 am

  • Trade opportunities in the region
  • Addressing Supply chain and logistics barriers
  • Managing price disparities

10:30 am

Morning Tea


11:30 am

Investment Opportunities in Current Ethiopian Sugar Sector, Update on Government Incentives and Support

Samson Wolkeba Hunde, Corporate Planning Head, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Ethiopia

12:00 pm

  • Sugar cane irrigation options and comparison
  • Maximising water-use efficiencies: Production and Profitability

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch


1:30 pm

  • Global sugar current and future market outlook
  • Continue to improve industry competitiveness
  • Specialty Sugar trade and U.S. Tariff-Rate Quota

2:00 pm

  • Strategic market assessments for sugar and ethanol
  • Investments for Agri-tech application
  • Investment opportunity in Agribusiness

2:30 pm

  • Sugar supply and prices in Uganda
  • Uganda sugar output forecasting and local consumption
  • Competition for cane and sugar quality
  • Plans to meet country sugar demand

3:00 pm

Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

3:30 pm

  • The current challenges
  • Improving profitability and sustainability for cane farmers
  • Case study on sugarcane outgrowers cooperative
  • Sustainable contract farming initative
  • Cane pricing models in use
  • Relooking at partnerships and collaboration going ahead

4:30 pm

Chairperson’s Summary and Close of Conference

9:00 am

Managing climate change is a crucial part of all agribusinesses and governments to optimise    productivity and be resilient. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is becoming increasingly recognised as an approach for tackling the challenges posed to its food system and significantly mitigating the risks and impacts of climate change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Major regional crops’ CSA programs are covered
  • Overview of the development and implementation of climate change policies, strategies, action plans in the region and globally
  • Current adoption of CSA pilots and models across Africa
  • Case studies and evaluations for successful adoption, up-scaling and replication of CSA
  • Key insights into implementing CSA and identifying priority action areas

1:00 pm

End of Workshop


Packages Price
2 Day Conference + Pre Conference WorkshopUS $2199Early Bird
2 Day ConferenceUS $1799Early Bird
Extras Price
Gala Dinner US $100

Register 3 Delegates and get 1 FREE PASS
Register 5 Delegates and get 2 FREE PASSES
(Group rate is based on normal rate of 2-day main conference package only)

For Group Registrations of more than 3 team members:
email info@ibcasia.com.sg or call +65 6508 2477


  • Multiple Bookings Discount pricing is applicable to groups of 3 or more delegates from the same organisation registering for the same event, at the same time.
  • Fee stated is the discounted price PER DELEGATE. Only one discount applies; either the early bird rate OR group rate.
  • All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.
  • All delegates from Singapore-based companies are required to pay an additional 7% GST (SINGAPORE EVENTS ONLY)
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Partnership and Profile Building Opportunities are Now Available!
Contact us today to find out how you can position your company as a market leader at this event, and to explore the range of branding and marketing opportunities available.

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Gessner Industries: Sugar Cane Equipment >>


Peter De Klerk

Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization

Anthony Muriithi

Interim Director General, AFA, Kenya

Thierry Kalonji

Director of Investment and Agriculture, COMESA, Zambia

Chimimba David Phiri

FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Ethiopia

Nuredin Mohammed

Senior Director, SNNPR Regional Office, Ethiopian Agriculture Transformation Agency, Ethiopia

Andre Lubbe

Group Commercial Director, ILLOVO SUGAR AFRICA (PTY) LTD

Solomon Odera

Interim Head – Sugar Directorate, Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) Kenya

Ana Carolina Ferraz

Global Sugar Senior Analyst, Alvean, Switzerland

Paul Hamilton

Senior Associate, Commodities Trading, ASR Group, United Kingdom

Doug Aarvold

Associate Director, Czarnikow Group, UK

Nick Jackson

Managing Director, The Royal Swaziland Sugar

Lusubilo Chakaniza

Chief Executive Officer, ETHANOL COMPANY LIMITED, Malawi

Christopher Guta

CEO, PressCane Limited, Malawi

Makarand Joshi

Head, Business Development – Africa & Middle East, Praj Industries Ltd

Phil Mnisi

Chief Executive Officer, Eswatini Sugar Association, Swaziland

Hassan Erwa

Sales and Marketing Corporate Director, Kenana Sugar Company Ltd, Sudan

Lior Peleg

Head of Strategic Solutions & Product Marketing, Netafim

Vanessa Adams

Vice President, Country Support, Delivery, Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa COP, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Kenya

Samson Wolkeba Hunde

Corporate Planning Head, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Ethiopia

Gerard Chasteau de Balyon

Chief Executive Officer, Kwale International Sugar Company, Kenya

Michael Hinge

Senior Research Economist, LMC International, United Kingdom

Mwine Jim Kaberho

Director, Madhvani Group, Chairman, Uganda Sugar Manufactures Association (USMA)

Workshop Hosted by: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS), Kenya

when & where

09 - 11 Apr 2019

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi
Mkungu Close, Westlands
49719  Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 709 548000
Email: hotel.nairobi@movenpick.com
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