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Day 1 - Tuesday, 10th November, 09:00 - 16:45

Middle East & North Africa Briefing Day 


09:00 Registration and morning refreshments  

09:45 Chairman’s opening remarks 

10:00 Middle East and North Africa grains and oilseeds outlook

  • Outlook for wheat, corn and soy import and export
  • Analysing evolving MENA grain consumption patterns and applications
  • Food security, self-sufficiency and importing: What are the production expectations for the region in the next decade and what does this mean for importing volumes?

Dr. Peter Talks, Consultant, FAO

10:45 Middle East and North Africa procurement strategies roundtable: How are end users and purchasers securing long term supply for the region?

  • Challenges of securing supply: bottlenecks, regulations and conflict
  • Are long term procurement strategies for food security viable?
  • How do public and private procurement strategies differ in the region? Can governments and the private grain industry cooperate in securing supply?
  • Origination strategies: Little and often or bulk?

Moderator: Serife Dayi, President, MerGrain
Seyed Moineddin Ahmadi
, Trader, Al Ghurair Resources
Jad Wakileh,
Business Development Manager, Aqaba Manufacturing and Refining Vegetable Oils Company
Mandeep Singh Bindra, Head-Procurement (Grains), IFFCO 
Scott Wellcome
, Grain Trader, Hakan Agro DMCC

11:30 Profiling Iran’s prospective agri-trading activities

  • Understanding how sanctions, banking and shipping restrictions stalled grain trade to Iran?
  • Is the international trading community ready to capitalise on Iran’s re-entry into the global agri-trading world
  • Profiling Iran’s wheat production and export capabilities
  • Will Iran look to import more compound feed ingredients to become a significant protein exporter in the region?

Sharif Nezam-Mafi, Chairman of the Board, Iran-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce

12:15 Networking lunch

13:30 Grain logistics, handling and storage: How costly is poor infrastructure to the region?

  • Understanding the costs of post-harvest and post-import grain losses
  • Warehouse and storage availability and requirements
  • What are the opportunities for modernisation to mitigate losses?

David Blumberg, CEO, Middle East and Africa, Blumberg Grain

14:00 Origination markets for MENA grain

  • Black Sea production update
  • European production update
  • Can the Baltic and South American countries gain a foothold in grain trade with the region?

Guillaume Duchesne, Trader, InVivo Trading
Oleg Kryukovskiy, Head of Trading, GTCS Trading DMCC

14:45 Afternoon refreshments and networking break

15:15 Understanding end-user requirements and challenges

  • What are quality requirements of MENA end-users?
  • Balancing price and quality with different origins
  • Analysing flour trends in the region

Merzad Jamshidi , CEO / Managing Director, KFF Mills and District Chairman, IAOM Middle East Africa

15:45 Spotlight on the flour and feed milling industries

  • How is flour and feed production expanding?
  • Understanding the quality requirements of MENA millers
  • Is there a continued trend of processing in-country rather than at the origin?

Moderator: Merzad Jamshidi , CEO / Managing Director, KFF Mills and District Chairman, IAOM Middle East Africa
Erol Yahya
, Executive Director, Intermil-Un
Gaurav Nanda , Procurement Manager, Bahrain Flour Mills Company B.S.C.

16:30 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by close of briefing day

17:30 Champagne Welcome Reception

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