To lay groundwork for Côte d’Ivoire’s first Mango Symposium, the Trade Hub met Jan. 29-Feb. 3 with 15 exporters, local government and research institutes in Korhogo, the northern city that will host the event in April.
Under the theme, ““Export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mango in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Trade Hub is organizing the Symposium in partnership with the Fonds Interprofessionnel pour la Recherché et le Conseil Agricole (FIRCA) and the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 growers, processors, traders and buyers from Europe, Southern and West Africa and the U.S. are expected to attend the event in Korhogo, April 5-8.
During the preparatory visit, the Trade Hub’s Mr. Lotfi Kourdali, Program Manager, and Mr. Daouda Diomande, Value Chain Specialist, traveled to Korhogo accompanied by officers from the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce. Along with planning the Symposium, the visit explored potential areas of collaboration to improve Côte d’Ivoire’s productivity in orchards and sanitary quality at packaging centers.
“I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the mango firms and associations”, Mr. Diomande said, adding that potential participants were excited by the opportunity to make business connections.
In August 2016, the Hub signed a letter of collaboration with Nembel Invest S.A., a mango export enterprise, and the Association of Mango Exporters in Northern Côte d’Ivoire (AREXMA). The Trade Hub is delivering technical and financial assistance as these two organizations build internal capacity and gain certifications to produce more export-quality fruit and attain international food safety standards.