This year the 16th сonference Grain & Maritime Days in Odessa was held in non-standard format which was not unnoticed by state structures and by agricultural and maritime businessmen.
The General Sponsor was RISOIL, Buhler AG was exclusive sponsor while “Ukrtranslogistika 2”, “Sweet” and “Variant Agro Build” acted as the Conference sponsors.
Due to support of RISOIL, the General Sponsor, and huge enthusiasm of the company and organizers – APK Inform Agency and Interlegal, the first conference day was held in the RISOIL terminal at the Chernomorsk Sea Port. A comfortable conference hall, coffee break and lounge zones were installed at the territory of terminal, so the participants could not only enjoy information and talks but also observe and feel the port atmosphere – grain loading on boras of vessel, Risoil Terminal operation, and feel all the force of the Ukrainian grain export heart.
This year total amount of participants made up 500.
Key issues for discussion during two conference days were the following:
- Development of agribusiness in the current environment of Ukraine
- Global grain market: demand & supply, development forecast in 2017/18 MY
- Development trends of the Ukrainian grain market: production, exports, logistics
- Phytosanitary control in Ukraine vs. market expansion for Ukrainian agricultural products
- Trends in the Ukrainian maritime infrastructure development. Maritime transportation of grain cargoes
Speakers were the global experts in grain market, maritime business, state representatives, IFC, World Bank Group, the Bleyzer Foundation, FAO Investment Centre, the US investment company R.J. O’Brien, S&P Global Platts (the United Kingdom), Agrite, Aquavita Internationa, Cardiff Trading, APK Inform Agency, Interlegal, Risoil Terminal and representatives of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, top managers of the largest grain trading and shipping companies.
The first conference day was devoted to active networking and excursion to Risoil Terminal. The event had also a large information scope.