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2nd Palm Oil Africa conference


17 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013



CMT is proud to announce the launch of 2nd Palm Oil Africa, on 17-19th October 2013, in Libreville Gabon held under the patronage of His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon. The President will officiate this October event, while His< Excellency Julien Nkoghe Bekale, Minister of Agriculture, Gabon will deliver a Keynote Ministerial Address sharing his views on Revitalising Gabon's Agro-Industry and Cash Crops Development with Emphasis on Palm Oil.

An update on OLAM’s Palm oil & Rubber Plantations Investment in Gabon. With more than 20 million hectares of arable land that is not cultivated, palm oil industry has a huge potential in Gabon. Can Gabon be the next palm oil investment hub? What agriculture policies and framework are in place to encourage this? Is the program to promote new investment with the objective of diversifying the economy and allowing palm oil to account for a larger proportion of GDP viable? Obtain the answers to these and more as 2nd Palm Oil Africa explores the prospects and challenges associated with the palm oil industry in Africa, particularly Gabon. Attend the event and hear first-hand from officials about the policy changes, programs and more.


Some of the key sessions at the summit are

  • Sunny Varghese, Group Managing Director and CEO

    Olam International

  • Challenges and Opportunities Developing Oil Palm & Rubber Plantations in Africa - A Major Investor's Perspective by Gert Vandersmissen, Managing Director, Siat Gabon

  • Financing Availability to Develop African Agriculture

  • Investing in Oil Palm Plantations Including Policies and Framework for Investors

    - Central Africa Republique - Yakende Rodrigue Prosper,
      Director Général, CENTRAPALM
    - Republic of Congo - Bernard Goulou, Adviser to the
      Agricultural Policy and Technological Innovation,
      Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry
    - Uganda (Oil palm Research and Production) -
      Dr. Patrick Wetala, Head of Research,
      Vegetable Oil Development Project,
      Kalangala Oil Palm Grower's Trust

Newly added to the agenda, this year, is a 2 hour exclusive tour of  Olam's Awala Plantations to witness land development preparation activities and visit a nursery. The site visit is optional and open for reservations to delegates only.

Do not delay. Visa fees will be waived if you register and pay to attend 2nd Palm Oil Africa before 30th September, 2013. Simply submit all the required documentations to us before this date to have your visa approved by the Gabonese Government on time.