Program of the Conference

Sunday 29 March 2009
  Arrival and accommodation of the participants
16:00-20:00 Registration of the participants
Monday 31 March 2009
08:00-10:00 Registration of the participants
09:00 Grand opening of the conference
Welcome Speech
Organizers of the conference
President of GAFTA - Ashraf El Attal
09:30-11:00 Session 1 - Outlook for the world grain trade with current financial crisis
09:30 Global financial crisis - has it impacted on the grain market?
Zsolt Vincze, R.J. Obrien
10:00 Current trends in the world grain market 2008/09 and outlook for 2009/10
Keith Flury, F.O Licht
10:30 Egyptian grain market: prospects for development and demand potential
Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Arab Republic of Egypt- H.E. Amin Ahmed Mohamed Osman Abaza and Ashraf El Attal, Egyptian Traders
11:00-14:00 Coffee-Break
11:30-14:00 Session 2 - The Black Sea grain market: potential, new challenges and future prospects
11:35 Black Sea wheat in 2008/09: current production trends and expansion of export geography
Svetlana Synkovskaya, IА АPК-Inform
12:10 Black Sea grain quality as factor of competitiveness
Vitaliy Smirnov, Rosinspectorate
12:40 Monitoring of new crop grain quality and other aspects of cooperation between Rosselhoznadzor and participants of the grain market
Korzun T.A. Federal governmental institution "Centre of grain quality estimation"
13:10 Russian grain exports in the current season and outlook for 2009/10
Nikholay Demyanov, International Grain Company
13:40 Radical change of agrarian landscape in the countries of the Black Sea region as a factor for growth in production and export
Dmitriy Rylko, IКАR
  Networking opportunities
19:00 Desert Dinner
Tuesday 31 March 2009
09:00-10:00 Session 3 - Food Aid perspectives
09:00 Food aid in-kind and Food Security - domestic perspectives
Minister of Social Solidarity, Arab Republic of Egypt H. E. Ali Al Sayed Ali Al Muselhi
09:30 WFP's food procurement and strengthening of markets
Nicole Menage, Word Food Programme
10:00-11:20 Session 4 - Administrative, logistic and financial risks facing the international grain trade
10:00 Freight market in 2009/10 and its impact on the grain trade
Nikos Marmatsouris, GAC Shipping
10:20 Have Azov-Black Seas and Caspian Sea grain terminals reached full potential?
Edward Fogel, IА АPК-Inform
10:40 Contractual issues resulting from the global financial crisis and its impact on the grain trade
Pamela Kirby Johnson OBE, GAFTA
Chris Swart, Holman Fenwick Willan
11:20-11:40 Coffee Break
11:40 Panel discussion "Black Sea grain in the Middle East market: possibilities and risks"
12:15 Conference Conclusions
  Networking opportunities
18:30 Gala Dinner
Wednesday 1 April 2009
  Excursion and tours for participants