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West Africa Fertilizer Forum

Conference Agenda

Tuesday May 9th 2017

08.15

Registration and Exhibition Opens 

 09.00

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
09.10

Welcome Address

Moussa Diabate, President, West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA)
 09.20 Ministerial Opening Speech
H E. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, Côte d'Ivoire
09.50

Supporting Partners Welcome Remarks

 10.10

The Role of West Africa in Global Food Security

 10.30

Analysis of the Fertilizer Market in West Africa

Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service, IFA
10.50 Speaker Q&A with the Audience

Led by: Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
11.00  Networking Break – Including Exhibition Tour and Official Forum Photographs
11.30

Current Government Efforts to Improve Access, Affordability and Use of Fertilizer in West Africa

Government representatives from Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Burkina Faso – Invited
 12.00  Perspectives on Fertilizer Use from Cotton and Rice Producing Sectors
Speakers – TBC
12.30

Outline of Fertilizer Subsidy Program Guidelines and Importance in West Africa

Bocar Diagana, WAFP IR4 Team Leader, IFDC  
 12.45 Lunch
14.00 Perspectives from Fertilizer Sub-Sectors on How the Private Sector is Contributing to the Improvement of Agricultural Productivity
  • Innocent Okuku, Group Head, Commercial Services, Notore
  • Zoumana Bakayogo, CEO, Agro West Africa
  • Malick Niang, Regional Sales and Operations Officer: Fertilizer, Olam
14.45 Effective and Innovative Technology Solutions for Preventing Product Adulteration
Representative from a Major Fertilizer Company  – TBC
15.00

Speaker Q&A with the Audience

Led by: Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
15.10  Networking Break
15.40

Ensuring the Appropriate Regulatory Environment to Encourage Fertilizer Business in West Africa

ECOWAS – TBC

 16.00 Assessing the Impact of ECOWAS Fertilizer Regulations on Private Sector Activities
Santosh Dorak, Country Manager Phosphate West Africa, Indorama
 16.15

Considering the Regulatory Constraints for Raw Material and Fertilizer Importers

Youssouf Coulibaly, General Manager, SAD
 16.30

Addressing the Practicalities of the Application Of ECOWAS Procedures on Quality Control

Emmanuel Alognikou, Policy Specialist, IFDC

 16.45 Speaker Q&A with the Audience

Led by: Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
 17.00  End of working day 
18.00   Cocktail Reception

Wednesday May 10th 2017

08.30

Registration and Exhibition Opens 

09.30

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
09.40

Effective & Innovative Technology Solution for Blending Facilities in Africa

Jeff Ivan, Vice President of International Sales, Yargus

  10.00 Effective Introduction of Micronutrients into Fertilizer Application Strategies

Ismael Pañart
, International Business Manager, Fertinagro
10.20

The Importance of Quality Filler in Fertilizer Production

 10.40

Speaker Q&A with the Audience

Led by: Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
10.50

Networking Break

11.20

Panel: Addressing Specific Nutrient Requirements for Major Crops in West Africa

Dehou Dakuo, Director of Cotton Production, Société Burkinabè des Fibres Textiles (Sofitex) and 

Further panellists representing Cocoa, Rice, Cassava and Maize - Invited

12.00 The Importance of Harmonized Port Infrastructure and Services for the Supply and Distribution of Fertilizers in West Africa
12.15

Logistical Challenges of Distribution of Fertilizers to Land-Locked Countries

Oumar Guindo, Director General, Toguna
12.30

The Role of West Africa Trade Corridors in Enhancing Fertilizer Market Development

Senior representative, ECOWAS – TBC
12.45

Speaker Q&A with the Audience

Led by: Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
 13.00 Lunch
14.30 Harnessing the Potential  of Agriculture: AfDB’s “Feed Africa - Strategy For Agricultural Transformation in Africa”
14.50

Exploring the Mechanisms for Facilitating Access to Finance for the Fertilizer Sector

Senior representative, AFAP - Invited
15.10 A Value Chain Approach to Financing Fertilizer Supply
  • Upstream - Senior Expert, PROPARCO
  • Downstream - Senior Expert, , IFC
15.40 Main Challenges on the Path to Commercial Financing of the Fertilizer Sector
Joseph Minoungou, Project Officer, Coris Bank International
15.55

Speaker Q&A with the Audience

Led by: Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
 16.15

Networking Break

 16.30

Closing Ceremony

  • Summary of outcomes
  • Vote of thanks
  • About WAFF 2018

Moussa DiabatePresident, West Africa Fertilizer Association (WAFA)

 17.00  End of the Forum

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The Role of West Africa in Global Food Security

The Role of West Africa in Global Food Security

The Role of West Africa in Global Food Security

Speaker Q&A with the Audience

Led by: Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Fertilizers, Argus
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West African Fertilizer Association

Argus

Platinum Sponsor

Toguna

Supported By

USAID

Ecowas

IFDC