15th African Fine Coffee Conference opens in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, February 15, 2017 (FBC) – The 15th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today.

More than 1,000 coffee producers, traders, buyers and experts are taking part at the three-day event being held at the Millennium Hall under the theme “Reshaping African Coffee Industry for Productivity and Investment”. 

Speaking at the opening, President Mulatu Teshome said the conference will create a good opportunity to promote Ethiopia’s coffee as it comes at a time when Ethiopian coffee growers are harvesting coffee beans.

Moreover, it has a significant contribution towards generating the revenues which Ethiopia has targeted from coffee, the President said.

More than 100 coffee exporters and producers are exhibiting various coffee products and packaging technologies at this business to business networking event.

The conference will help boost Ethiopia’s foreign currency earnings from coffee as well as facilitate marketing linkage. 

Coffee accounts 26 percent of Ethiopia's total export earnings. The country envisaged earning over 2 billion US dollars from the export of 302, 560 tonnes in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II).

Ethiopia is hosting the event for the third time.

African Fine Coffee is a regional association representing coffee sectors in 11 member countries namely, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, DR Congo, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Its members include both private and public sector coffee stakeholders including producers, exporters, international importers, roasters, policy makers, transporters and trade representatives.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat