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Ethiopia ready to host African Fine Coffee Conference
(EBC; January 11, 2017)- Ethiopia has completed preparations for hosting the 15th Conference of African Fine Coffee in February, the Ministry of Trade said.
The Conference will be conducted under the theme: "Reshaping African Coffee Industry for Productivity & Investment".
The Conference is expected to provide ample opportunity for Ethiopia to scale up market linkage and boost foreign exchange earnings from coffee, the State Minister, Ayana Zewde said during a press conference.
Coffee accounts for 26 per cent of foreign exchange earnings of the country.
Despite Ethiopia is the origins of coffee, the country's foreign exchange earnings have not grown to the desired level, reports indicate.
The country has planned to export 302,560 tons of coffee expecting to earn 2 billion USD during the second five-year growth and transformation plan, Ayana said.
The conference is a good opportunity for the country that has planned to export 244,000 tons of coffee during the current fiscal year, he said.
He said "the conference hosts major international coffee importers and it would provide an opportunity for the country to promote Ethiopian coffee and also provide an occasion for exchange of experience in the sector."
As part of facilitating the conference, a national steering committee organized for the occasion has been working towards creating opportunities for exchange of information and experience, he added.
Ethiopia is hosting the conference for the third time and this indicates that the country is endowed with full capacity and experience to host such conferences, Ayana said.
The Conference will be in session from February 15- 17 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian scholars are expected to present a paper on the conference under the title 'Coffee and Economy'.
A program for exhibiting products and exchanging information and experience on the coffee industry has been prepared for participating countries.
Information from the Ministry indicated that apart from member participants from member countries, some 200 delegates from other coffee growing countries will take part on the conference.
Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi are some of the member countries.