The Chamber hosted a breakfast meeting during the 2018 Agricultural show under the theme “Enterprise Development, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Growth.”
The breakfast meeting constituted a panel discussion on the topic “The Continental Free Trade Area – Prospects for the Field to Industry value chain,” in a bid to interrogate the Agriculture opportunities for enhanced trade in the agro-processing value chain following the signing of the AfCFTA agreement by the Heads of State on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The breakfast meeting was meant:-
- To identify key trade and development prospects for Agriculture in the CFTA
- To identify gaps in agriculture value chain linkages in order to come up with a position for input in policy formulation
From the event the major highlights were that:-
- Every day we all play a role in the industry value chains, usually at the end of the chain, as consumers. The reality being that industry value chains have become a dominant feature of world trade. They create a high level of interconnectedness and interdependency, making it very complex to steer changes in the direction we desire, towards a more sustainable world.
- Agriculture remains the backbone of this country’s economy, however, there is need to increase productivity in the sector while unlocking more downstream opportunities.
- Government and private sector need to complement each other in the Command programs to ensure value chains
- Private sector players need to read more on the Free Trade Area environment (SADC, Tripartite, COMESA and AfCFTA) in order to avoid losing out on the much needed information and become competitive as well
Finance and quality are very key elements for value chains