Doing the deals
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CTA. 2002. Doing the deals. Spore 102. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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At the first count, more than 100 deals were signed between companies attending the Agro-Ind trade encounters in Dakar, Senegal, in early November 2002. They covered agreements between West African agro-business companies themselves, of whom 230...
At the first count, more than 100 deals were signed between companies attending the Agro-Ind trade encounters in Dakar, Senegal, in early November 2002. They covered agreements between West African agro-business companies themselves, of whom 230 attended, or between them and investors, advisors and financial partners from European Union and third-party countries, who numbered about 115. This was a conference turned inside-out and on its head, where the informal contacts that arise at any meeting were at its heart, and traditional plenary sessions at the edge. For three days, the building buzzed with 1,021 one-to-one contacts, officially mediated, plus thousands more informal parleys. Workshops were held on project preparation and monitoring, and, co-organised by the Centre for the Development of Enterprise and CTA, on health and hygiene standards for fish products and on opportunities in the (mainly organic) fruit and vegetable markets, with the COLEACP promotion agency). When not doing their deals, participants went shopping. Not in the nearby médina, but at the supermarket-style Technical Information Centre. There, information suppliers, including CTA, helped clients to locate key data. Other valuable data, including country profiles of the agro-industrial potential in the West African market of 220 million people, is available in Agro-Ind reports and online. Agro-Ind, PROtINVEST 52 avenue Hermann Debroux, 1160 Brussels, Belgium Fax: +32 2 679 1870 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org