First AgroChemEx Ethiopia & Africa Crop Protection Forum kicks off in Addis

“AgroChemEx Ethiopia & Africa Crop Protection Forum” organized by AACCSA and China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA) is being held on May 9-10, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa. “AgroChemEx Ethiopia & Africa Crop Protection Forum” brings more than 13 Chinese agrochemical producers /manufacturers and aims to discuss bilateral business relations and investment opportunities between Ethiopia and China companies.

Agriculture is the pillar of the country’s economy. It provides food, employment to the large population and raw material for industries. Agrochemicals therefore paly very important roles for agricultural productivity by enhancing yield.

Accordingly the two associations’ joint effort aims to strengthen and scale up industrial reputation of Agrochemical sector in Ethiopia and shape it into a large scale and influential agrochemical event in Africa.

As one of the various services AACCSA render to the business community, Addis Chamber plays a catalyzing role by organizing in-bound and out bound trade missions and facilitating meetings and discussions with Ethiopian counterparts.

Chamber ‘s experience so far has proved that such business to business linkages such as the one it organizes today create irreplaceable opportunities for businesses to partner and work together for mutually beneficial business interests.

According to Ato Shibeshi Beteemariam, Deputy Secretary General of AACCSA, the trade and investment forum organized by Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations and our Chinese counterpart, the China Crop Protection Industry Association, will have paramount importance to enhance the economic and trade relations between the two sisterly countries by bringing together businesses of the two countries to explore more opportunities. The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations will continue to play an active role with a view to promote trade and investment.

The forum is targeted policy makers of agro-chemical industry, investors of large scale farms, importers and manufacturers and other agro-chemical business operators of the country.

Dr Eyasu Abraha,Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the FDRE in his opening speech said Ethiopia’s development policy is anchored much on the development of agriculture and Agro chemical industry is one of the critical sub sector to promote import substitution, enhance agricultural value addition and boost productivity.

The forum which involved a combination of presentations and interactive discussions and it was a great opportunity for in depth cooperation, exchange of business ideas, as well as promoting bilateral relations in agrochemicals field, including investment, and joint-venture.