Programme

 

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The Agbiz Congress comprises open conference style sessions that will run from the morning of 7 June until 8 June at 11:00. After the congress, Agbiz members will participate in a closed Annual General Meeting. 

As always, our comprehensive programme will address the full range of issues and challenges now facing the industry, equipping delegates to make informed strategic and operational decisions. 

This year, we will be adding to our fantastic repertoire of speakers, as well as inviting back some of your favourites, the people that impressed you most over the years. One of those guaranteed to provide you with insight is Prof Marcos Fava Neves from Brazil. Other confirmed speakers are Goolam Ballim, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Prof Wilma Viviers and Prof Mohammed Karaan. 

We encourage you to make your travel arrangements to attend the welcome reception and remain at the congress until its end. 

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DRAFT PROGRAMME

6 June 2018 

Welcome function - Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Delegates and accompanying persons are invited to attend the congress welcome cocktail function at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre sponsored by Nedbank.  

Time: 18:30
Venue: Boardwalk Conference Centre
Cost: Free of charge for all registered delegates. R550 - R650 for additional guests
Dress code: Cocktail attire (Blazers and trousers for men / cocktail dresses for women)

7  June 2018 
07:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30

Opening and welcome
Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO

09:30 – 09:40

Word from the main sponsor (Standard Bank)
Mr Nico Groenewald, Head of Agribusiness at Standard Bank

09:40 - 10:20

Keynote address
His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa (TBC)

10:20 - 11:00

Chairman's Report
Mr Schalk Pienaar, Agbiz Chairperson

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments and networking
11:30 – 12:10

Global agribusiness outlook
Prof Marcos Fava Neves, Professor of Business School of economics, business administration and accounting of University of San Paolo (Brazil), a founder of a company “Markestrat”
(This international speaker is sponsored by Afgri)

12:10 – 12:50

Economic outlook
Goolam Ballim, Chief economist at Standard Bank

12:50 – 12:55 Word from Absa who sponsors the networking lunch
12:55 – 13:40 Networking lunch
13:40 – 14:20

Socio-economic expectations
Mpumelelo Mkhabela,  Policital analyst and afellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the 

14:20 - 15:00

Technology and Global Food Security
Dr Neal Gutterson, Chief Technical Officer, R&D and product development, Corteva Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont ™
(This international speaker is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience)

15:00 - 15:30 Refreshments and networking
15:30 – 16:10

Panel discussion
Panellists: Prof Marcos Fava Neves, Dr Neal Gutterson and Mr Mpumelelo Mkhabela
Facilitator: Wandile Sihlobo

16:10 – 16:50 

Student case competition - Agbiz student promotion
Facilitator: Prof Johan van Rooyen, IFAMA President, Director of the Centre for Agribusiness Development Leadership and Professor in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University

16:50 – 17:00

Conclusion
Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO

18:30 for 19:00 Gala Dinner

Gala dinner - Thursday, 7 June 2018
Delegates and accompanying persons are invited to attend the congress welcome cocktail function at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre sponsored by John Deere Financial. Should you wish to book seats at a table, please contact the Agbiz on-site registration desk.

Time: 18:30 
Venue: Boardwalk Conference Centre
Cost: Free of charge for all registered delegates. R550 - R650 for additional guests
Dress code: Formal (suit and tie for men / evening wear for women)


DRAFT PROGRAMME - DAY 2

8 June 2018 
07:30 – 08:00 Registration
08:00 – 08:15

Opening and welcome
Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO

08:15 – 08:35

Land reform status update
Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence

08:35 – 09:00

Water security and water governance in South Africa 
Speaker to be confirmed

09:00 - 09:45

Panel discussion
Panellists: Prof Ben Cousins, Prof Nic Vink (TBC), Prof Mohammed Karaan and Theo Boshoff
Facilitator: Dr John Purchase

09:45 – 10:15 Refreshments / Networking
10:15 - 11:15

Trade competitiveness  
-Developing strategies for export promotion using a decision support model
Professor Wilma Viviers, Director of TRADE at North-West University and WTO chair
Mr Martin Cameron, Managing Director of TRADE Research Advisory (Pty) Ltd

-Navigating South Africa's trade policy direction and investment opportunities
Mr Sifiso Ntombela, Trade economist and Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence

11:15 - 12:00

Panel discussion
Panellists: Prof Wilma Viviers, Mr Martin Cameron, Mr Sifiso Ntombela, Mr Anton Kruger (Chief Executive Officer of FPEF) and EU Ambassador to South Africa
Facilitator: Mr Wandile Sihlobo

12:00 - 12:15

Closing remarks
Dr John Purchase

12:15 – 12:30 Body break
12:30 – 13:00 Agbiz Members' Meeting
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

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