The Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority, African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) and Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO) are organizing the event under the theme “Specialty Coffee at Origin” and will bring together about two thousand roasters, traders and regional representatives. and international coffee producers, buyers and professionals.
Policy, sustainability, access to finance, coffee competitions and other actions are part of the agenda.
Deputy Director General of the Local Authority, Shafi Omar, expressed the importance of this sector to the country’s economy as it is the home of Arabic coffee and approximately 20 million people deal with it.
For his part, AFCA Executive Director, Gilbert Gatale, stressed that the conference represents a great opportunity for the African coffee industry to come together under one roof and maintain important dialogues.
Speaking in the same context, the Secretary-General of the International Grains Organization, Solomon Rutega, stressed that the event would allow grain-producing countries in general to establish a long-term partnership between the public and private sectors.
This will be the fourth time that Addis Ababa, one of the African countries devoted to specialty coffee, will host this type of meeting.
Founded in July 2000, AFCA is a non-profit, non-political, member-managed regional association representing the coffee sectors in 11 member countries.
The last category includes stakeholders from the public and private coffee sectors, including producers, exporters, importers, roasters, policy makers, transporters and trade representatives.
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