Daily Archives: February 8, 2016

GEA and Novozymes Sponsor CMT’s 2nd Cassava World Africa in Accra on 1-2 March, 2016

The second edition highlights Africa’s progress in developing and commercializing cassava derived products, from high quality cassava flours to ethanol to beers. The conference also discusses solutions to Africa’s long-standing issues of out-grower’s integration and infrastructure bottlenecks.

ACCRA, Ghana, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Accra summit will bring together the cassava value chain players from Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi including plantation owners, processors as well as end users. Leading the program is a presentation on ‘Food Security in Africa & Encouraging Public-Private Partnership in Agriculture Sector’ with a special focus on cassava by Bukar Tijiani, Assistant Director-General & Regional Representatives for Africa of FAO.

Nigeria’s Shonga Farms shares the country’s large-scale commercial cassava plantation model while Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholders Platform presents a case study on the plantations in Ghana and its challenges of cassava starch processing.

Caltech Ventures’ Managing Director Chris Quarshie shares insights on the market prospects for high quality cassava flour (HQCF) in Africa. Export Trading Group (ETG) provides inputs on enhancing cassava production in Africa and tackling supply chain and processing challenges. William Oppong-Bio, Executive Chairman of Amantin Agro Processing highlights Africa’s preparedness for cassava chips exports by overcoming supply chain barriers while Chuka Mordi, Managing Partner at CBO Capital Partners describes a case study of Union Dicon cassava starch processing.

‘Ethanol projects in Nigeria’ by Rajavelu Rajasekar, Director (Agro), Allied Atlantic Distilleries (AADL), cassava adhesive for paperboards by Gregory Mhango, Supply Chain Manager of Nampak Malawi and cassava for animal feeds by Dr. Kivuyo Cuthbert, Managing Director of Misenani Agri Services are also reviewed.

Other panelists who discuss the key issues related to financing, out-grower scheme, cassava diseases management and agronomy are:

  • Seliatou Kayode-Anglade, Senior Investment Officer, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
  • Dr. Nanam Tay Dziedzoave, Director & Country Manager, C:AVA-Ghana Project/ CSIR-Food Research Institute
  • Dr. Chiedozie Egesi, Assistant Director, National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI)
  • Dr. Joe Manu-Aduening, Principal Research Scientist and Head of Root and Tuber Division, CSIR-Crops Research Institute

The summit organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT), also features speakers from GEA (Platinum Sponsor) and Novozymes (Coffee Break Sponsor) plus a post-summit site visit to Accra Brewery — a SABmiller subsidiary on 2 March.

Visit event website or contact Ms Grace Oh by grace@cmtsp.com.sg or +65-6346-9147.

Africa the right place for mining investment

Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, has told mining companies from around the world that Africa remains the ideal destination for investment.

Minister Zwane said this when he opened the 2016 Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, in Cape Town, on Monday.

“The African continent is indeed the right address for investment directed towards mining and minerals development in line with the African Mining Vision.

“I am optimistic that as investors and analysts present here, you will evaluate the investment prospects of the continent appropriately and take a long-term and comprehensive view,” he said.

The Minister said while there are highs and lows, the 2016 Mining Indaba comes at a time when the mining industry is in its “winter season”.

Following engagements with captains of industry, the Minister said government remained committed to addressing bottlenecks that were raised as a cause of concern to investment.

“As Minister of Mineral Resources, I serve the people of South Africa. I will continue to execute this responsibility with due consideration and unwavering courage.

“As part of my open door policy, I commit to frank and robust engagement with you at all times. I am directed by the same will that mobilised efforts that resulted in the democratic dispensation we enjoy today,” he said.

Calls for restructuring to be done in a responsible manner

With the industry facing tough times and job cuts, the Minister called on companies to approach restructuring in a responsible manner.

He said companies indicated that restructuring was inevitable for the sake of ensuring sustainability in their businesses operations.

“You indicated that empowerment and transformation of the industry was taking place at a very slow rate.

“Our quest for inclusive economic growth – including empowerment of women, the youth and other members of vulnerable groups – is designed to help us achieve the type of society where everyone has a better life.

“We will provide the requisite support for this new generation of miners, which we anticipate will be characterised by junior to mid-tier mining companies.

“Restructuring of assets must be done in a respectable and responsible manner that also assists in the empowerment of our people.”

The Minister also used his address to emphasise the importance of saving jobs and protecting the interests of mineworkers.

“Leaders in the industry convened under the auspices of the MIGDETT – the Mining Growth, Development and Employment Task Team – and committed to a 10-point Declaration in an attempt to save jobs and ameliorate the impact of job losses.

“We intend to ramp up implementation of the contents of the Declaration to minimise the impact. I call upon captains of industry to deal with this matter responsibly after proper consultation with all affected stakeholders, especially the workers,” he said.

Ensuring peace and labour stability

The Minister said government is doing all it can to ensure that there is peace and stability in the labour environment to create an enabling environment for investors in South Africa.

He said during his engagements with captains of industry, he received an indication on the importance of stable labour market conditions.

“Together we have created a stable mining environment through the Presidential Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining industry. There are now fewer disruptions in the industry, enabling operational activities to stabilise under the circumstances.

“However, we should take lessons from the protracted platinum strike in which there were no winners and ensure that such events are not repeated.

“It is our view that the commitment of stakeholders to dealing with these matters will go a long way in addressing negative perceptions about the labour market conditions,” he said.