ECA Conference Istanbul 2013

12 September 2013

The 2013 ECA Conference took place on 12 & 13 September in Istanbul – one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world that has become a hub for business between Europe and the Middle East.

Over 180 participants representing cocoa-producing countries, the private sector and civil society joined us in Istanbul. Our speakers included the Deputy Secretary General of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly, the Director General of Côte d’Ivoire’s Conseil Café Cacao, and a host of entrepreneurs active in the cocoa, chocolate and confectionery markets in the Middle-East and in Asia. Another key feature of this year’s programme was an all-women’s panel on top-of-mind issues facing the supply chain as well as an NGO panel on what success looks like on the ground…

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Welcome from the Turkish Export Assembly: Metin Tabalu

Harnessing market opportunities in the Middle East and Africa: market analysis by Francisco Redruello (Euromonitor International) and a presentation by Patrick Dorais (Al Nassma)

Supply and demand: presentations by Euan Mann (Complete Commodity Solutions), Frank Day (The Hershey Company) and Amit Suri (OLAM Europe).

Banking on sustainable supply chain synergies: Richard Kooloos (ABN AMRO)

The Ivorian cocoa reform one year on: Madame Massandjé Touré-Litse (Conseil du Café-Cacao)