Congress 2015 Proceedings

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Tuesday 3rd March 2015

8:30 – 12:30 – ISTA/OECD/UPOV PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOP (Kalala Room)

“International systems to develop an enabling environment to provide food security and economic development by strengthening the seed sector”

Session 1: 8:30 – 10:00  

Session 2: 10:30 – 12:30

  • How the 3 organizations work together to provide a framework for sustainable development of the seed sector: Areas of cooperation
  • Question & Answer session

 14:00 – 18:00      MEETING OF THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS ON “VEGETABLE” AND “FIELD CROPS” (Members only in Kalala Room)

  • SIG “Field Crops” discussed the disease MNLD and updates on current status and any progress made on fighting it.
  • SIG on “Vegetables” will organize a colloquium on Vegetables (invite expert speakers on important topics);

19:00 – 21:00      RECEPTION COCKTAIL (Sponsored by Syngenta Seed Care)

Wednesday 4th March 2015

09:00 – 11:00      OPENING CEREMONY (Kalala Room)

  • Master of Ceremony: Zimbabwe Seed Trade Association (ZSTA)
  • Welcome Speech and Overview of the seed sector of Zimbabwe by Mr. Walter Chigodora, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Seed Trade Association (ZSTA)
  • Presentation of the activities of AFSTA for 2014 by Mr. Justin J. Rakotoarisaona, Secretary General of AFSTA
  • Speech and invitation to Kenya for the AFSTA congress 2016, by Mr. Nicholas Goble President of the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA)
  • Keynote address by Guest Speaker
  • Opening speech of the Guest of honor Hon. Dr Joseph Made, Minister of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development
  • Projection of promotional video on Kenya for the AFSTA congress 2016

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

  • Topic: Progress on the implementation of the harmonized seed regulations at the Regional Community level in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) – 15 min presentation for each Regional Economic Community  followed by 60 min of question and answer session with the 4 speakers as panelists
  • Moderator: Mr. Justin Rakotoarisaona, Secretary General of AFSTA

Thursday 5th March 2015

Session 1:

  • Topic: Highlights on the activities of the special interest groups (SIGs) on “Vegetables” and “Field crops”
  • Speakers: Mr. Worede Woldemariam, Chairman of the SIG on “Field Crops”  and Mr. Guy Blaise Satsa, Chairman of the SIG on “Vegetable”
  • Moderator: Mrs. Grace Gitu, AFSTA Technical Officer

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

15:30 – 17:00      AFSTA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2015 (Kalala Room)

  • 15:00 – 15:30      Registration to the General Assembly (AFSTA members)
  • 15:30 – 17:30      AFSTA General Assembly
  • Chairman: Mr. Nicholas Goble – President of the African Seed Trade Association

17:00 – 18:30      SECOND AFSTA BOARD MEETING (Pagota Room)

19:30 – 23:00      GALA DINNER (Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer)

  • Dress code: Formal or Traditional
  • Seating arrangement: Free sitting
  • Handover of the AFSTA flag to Kenya

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