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Posted on on March 14th, 2008
by Pincas Jawetz (

 From:      Allister.Slingenberg at

The SADC Region: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
AGRO-INDUSTRY 2008 Regional Matchmaking Forum in Tanzania for 14 countries of the SADC Region.

AGRO-IND 2008, the 5th forum for the promotion of investment in the SADC region (Southern African Development Community), will be facilitated by ESIPP – the EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme   – from 6 to 8 May 2008 in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. This forum will be attended by about one hundred promoters and entrepreneurs from the 14 countries of the SADC Region in Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe), from Europe and the rest of the world. Carefully selected projects will be considered in the following sectors:
–     Agriculture (Food) (cereals, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, fisheries and aquaculture…),
–     Agriculture (Non-Food) (cotton and sisal, flowers, tobacco)
–     Agro-Industry & Value-Adding (Food) (fish, fruit and vegetables, meat and dairy processing..
– Agro-Industry & Value-Adding (Non-Food) (bio-fuel processing, natural textiles and dyes processing)
–   Agro-Industry Input Supply & Services (agricultural tools and machinery, irrigation equipment, livestock genetics, logistics and transport…).

Producers, traders and investors will get many networking and commercial opportunities during the AGRO-INDUSTRY 2008 Sector Partnership Meeting taking place from 6th to 8th May 2008 in Dar-Es-Salaam, whose aim is to encourage international financial, technical and commercial partnerships between investors or trading partners and promoters of projects within the SADC Region.

This is also an opportunity for potential investors in climate change projects to generate carbon credits with new partners focussing on biomass-based energy generation and other renewable energies.

The Forum’s focus will be the B2B matchmaking process allowing individual negotiations between project promoters in the SADC region and interested investors or trading partners. Furthermore, the companies from the South or the North attending the event in Dar-Es-Salaam will be introduced to institutions specialising in financial and partnership development such as the EIB (the European Investment Bank), the CDE (the Centre for the Development of Enterprise) or Government Agencies from the SADC Region (Ministries, etc…).

Besides B2B meetings, plenary sessions on the opening day and thematic round-table discussions will provide participants with relevant information on each targeted sector of the various SADC countries, highlighting business and investment opportunities and allowing to discuss trade issues and business environment.

Everything will be done to facilitate as many fruitful one-to-one business meetings as possible and allow participants to draw the most from genuine and carefully selected trade opportunities in 14 SADC countries within a short period of time and the least organisational and administrative burden.

Against a conference fee of 650 € to be paid through the website booking system when registering, participants will have access to very attractive travel/accommodation packages from different airlines to the venue being at the White Sands Hotel, a high standing sea-front hotel located 25 kms from Dar-Es-Salaam. Meals and coffee-breaks will be offered throughout the 3-days Forum. Simultaneous translation into French, English and Portuguese will be available during the plenary sessions; interpreters will also be at your disposal during the B2B meetings when necessary. Finally, post-event programmes will be proposed to the Zanzibar Island and/or the National Parks (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro).

Please let us know of your interest as soon as possible. You can directly use the website online registration system at the following address:

Then click on: International Business Partner Registration.

For further information, you are invited to contact Ms Agnes Janszen, Promoter of the event, either by email:  agnes.janszen at or by phone: +31.10.53416786

Thank you
Allister Slingenberg
Energy and Climate Change

Tel:   +31 10 453 8829
Cell: +31 623 50 1882
Fax: +31 10 453 8650

PO Box 4175
3006 AD Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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