November 13, 2013

13/11/13: IAOM MEA roundup - planning ahead following a great success

Mrs Wided Bouchamaoui, president of the
Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Craft
(UTICA) welcomed everyone
to the pearl of the Mediterranean
The 24th Annual Mideast and Africa Conference and Expo drew to a close last week following 4 days of excellent investment opportunities.
Boasting the largest gathering of milling experts in the Mideast and Arica district, this year's expo has helped reinforce both West Africa's prominent trade links with Europe and Tunisia's ever-increasing agriculture sector.
During the 4 day expo, Mrs Wided
Bouchamaoui, president of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Craft (UTICA) welcomed everyone to the pearl of the Mediterranean. With a focus on food safety for humanity, Bouchamaoui spoke of the necessity to add human needs to business opportunities.
According to Bouchamaoui, "Tunisia used to supply the Roman Empire with Cereals so it has a long heritage of providing food."
She also spoke of the importance of  improving the sustainability of Tunisian cereal production and welcomed companies present to take a serious look at investing in the fantastic wealth of resources avaialble in Tunisia. Bouchamaoui concluded by thanking IAOM for bringing its prestigious event to Tunisia.
East meets South?
Following a fantastic edition this year, IAOM  has announced the next African and Middle East Conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, a change from the original location in Rwanda, East Africa.
According to senior IOAM staff, the change from Rwanda to Cape Town was the wish of the members. "We have listened carefully to our members, and all agreed the best ever exhibition was in Cape Town in 2010, it has the infrastructure and experience to deal with all our delegates."

We here at Grain and Feed Milling Technology would also like to extend a warm thank you to the show organisers, exhibitors and all who attended this year's event.

Do keep an eye out for our more comprehensive show report in the next edition of Grain and Feed Milling Technology magazine!

The IOAM leadership delegation held last minute meetings during the IAOM conference in Tunisia to discuss the location of next years conference


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