Reflecting on successful meeting in East Africa

On October 2-3, EMSA organised an international agro-business meeting for trade, investments and capacity building in the agro-sector in the African Great Lakes region. During the meeting, 10 companies and organisations from the Netherlands were introduced to over 60 companies and organisations from Burundi, Rwanda, eastern DRC and Uganda. Under the guidance of EMSA, the participants worked on the development of various (cross-border) innovative and upscaling projects in the dairy, poultry and staple foods sectors. Speakers included the Netherlands Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi, Brarudi (subsidiary of Heineken), PUM Netherlands senior experts and, of course, EMSA.

In addition to the international agro-business meeting, two other events took place. On October 1, the Dutch delegation attended the celebratory opening of the East African Aggregates Company (EAACO) in Bujumbura, Burundi. This joint venture company was realised with the assistance of a Private Sector Investment (PSI) grant from the Dutch government. On October 4, a select group of participants, including the governor of Cibitoke, attended an excursion to the office and farm of Burundi Holland Agricultural Development Company (BUHADEC), another joint venture company realised with the help of PSI grant.

The international agro-business meeting received great attention in the press in Burundi and Rwanda, both in the newspaper and on television. EMSA would like to thank the Netherlands Embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi for their support in realising this event. Furthermore, we would like to thank the participants for their active contribution during the meeting.

Watch the news item on the international agro-business meeting of Télé Renaissance (Burundi) in French.

Read the article on the international agro-business meeting in Iwacu (Burundi) in French.

Read the interview with Director Michiel Hillen on the importance of regional over European markets in The New Times (Rwanda).

Visit our Facebook for a selection of pictures of the EAACO opening and BUHADEC excursion.