Invitation for APIEXPO AFRICA 2012-SEP 26-30, 2012, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
ApiTrade Africa, a regional not-for-profit organization that champions the promotion of African honey and other bee products internationally, is organizing the 3rd All-Africa International Honey Exposition thatmwill take place in Ethiopia from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th September 2012. This event is being hosted by Ethiopia following its successful bid in Lusaka, during the 2nd edition of ApiExpo Africa.
The aim of the Expo is to showcase Africa’s honey industry by creating awareness on market opportunities, business opportunities and demonstrating the relationship between beekeeping and other industries. Over 2000 delegates, exhibitors of bee products and technologies, exporters, importers, researchers, policy makers, honey trade support networks (private, public, NGOs), development partners, international media, and other stakeholders are expected to participate in the event. Participants will come from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Mozambique, Malawi, Egypt, Zambia, Burundi, South Africa, Cameroon, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, DR Congo, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, Middle East, Europe, USA and other parts of the world.
Why ApiExpo Africa 2012 in Ethiopia?
Following presentation of a formal bid for Ethiopia to host the 3rd ApiExpo Africa in Addis Ababa by Hon. Tefera Derbew, Minister of Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, on behalf of EAB, Ethiopia was given a chance to host this mammoth business event.
Ethiopia was accorded the rights to host the event, because of many reasons which include the following:
- Ethiopia is the leading producer of honey and beeswax in Africa (honey: 43,000MT/pa).
- Globally, Ethiopia is the 4th largest producer of beeswax and the 10th largest producer of honey
- Commercial beekeeping has increased rapidly over the past few years and many households involved have increased their incomes hence reduced poverty significantly. In the 5-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), government has put great emphasis for the development of this sector.
- Ethiopia has strong historical links with traditional beekeeping practices, which in turn provide visual demonstration for eco-tourism in the country.
- Ethiopia currently exports honey and beeswax to Europe (the most important honey market in the world) and Middle East. Ethiopia is one of only 5 African countries eligible to export honey to the EU market; the others being Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Cameroon.
The benefits of the Expo
ApiExpo Africa 2012 will bring together diverse stakeholders on a single platform to discuss and share knowledge on trade and business related approaches to promote apiculture and food security in Africa.
- Service providers from Ethiopia, Africa and elsewhere will showcase their products in terms of business inputs and services
- The private sector will display its various value added products, ranging from honey to beeswax, propolis and other derivatives
- Research & Development organizations will share their experiences on programmatic and policy promotion of apiculture (which should trigger intra-regional dialogue, synergies, and partnerships)
- Bee farmers and farmers’ organizations will receive knowledge on market requirements and will make contacts with buyers and input suppliers.
- New networks will be created amongst cross border actors and linkages stimulated between producers, buyers and service providers.
- Delegates and exhibitors will learn more about ApiTrade Africa and its services to the sector in Africa.
- Stakeholders will learn more about Ethiopian Apiculture Board and how it supports the apiculture sector in Ethiopia
- The event will promote the tourism industry and other related services, which will themselves generate revenues for the country
- ApiTrade Africa and the Local Coordinating Partner (Ethiopian Apiculture Board) will generate revenues to enable them provide further services.
- Issues arising from the ApiExpo will be documented and used as a basis for further work to be done at national and regional levels.
In the long term, it is expected that these outcomes will lead to increased profiling of the region in terms of bee products, increased business to business transactions among chain actors through market information systems and networking, growth in investments within countries and the region, access to service provision locally by producer organizations, and growth in the retail chain for value added bee products. The momentum raised by this expo is expected to be maintained by ApiTrade Africa and national organizations such as Ethiopian Apiculture Board, Tanzanian Honey Council, Zambian Honey Council, among others.
The process of organizing the Expo
Normally, ApiExpo Africa events are spearheaded by ApiTrade Africa Secretariat based in Uganda, working in close collaboration with members and partner organizations in the host country..
The Secretariat works closely with partner organizations in the host country to mobilize stakeholders who constitute a Organizing Committee (AOC). The Secretariat seconds members (of ApiTrade Africa’s Executive Committee) to be part of this committee. The major role of the AOC is to mobilize stakeholders, logistics, venue and financial resources for the event. On its part, the Secretariat mobilizes delegates and exhibitors from across the globe using different methods. It also mobilizes financial resources to meet the Expo’s related costs.
In the case of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Apiculture Board (EAB) has been accepted as the Local Coordinating Partner (LCP). The LCP has formalized its relationship with ApiTrade Africa through a Memorandum of Understanding. An AOC has been formed, with 7 members, constituted to represent a broad spectrum of stakeholdership within the country and within ApiTrade Africa structure.
How delegates and exhibitors participate
ApiExpo Africa is usually organized on a cost-sharing basis; ApiTrade Africa and the LCP meet part of the costs whereas delegates and exhibitors also meet other costs. Development partners, government agencies and NGOS can directly support the process by contributing towards, or sponsoring, some of the costs.
APIEXPO AFRICA2012, Packages offered and FEEs applied for Exhibitors, Conference Participants and visitors
The AOC will identify a suitable venue, which will be endorsed by ApiTrade Africa Secretariat. Top of this list is the Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa.
The date is Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th September 2012.
Over 2000 delegates: exhibitors, experts, exporters, importers, policy makers, development partners, visitors, among others. The level of participation in 2012 is expected to be much higher than the previous two editions owing to the early preparations and more awareness already generated about the Expo.
ApiTrade Africa Secretariat and the AOC are jointly working out a suitable budget for the event.
A detailed program is being developed by the AOC and ApiTrade Africa Secretariat.