June 26, 2017 | The Netherlands
Findings from the Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017 report focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Colombia, Vietnam and Myanmar were presented at an event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The event organized in Amsterdam, was attended by over 50 participants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, non-governmental organizations, and private sector and knowledge/research institutes. The launch event was characterized by the high level of interest, engagement and positive response of the audience, and highlighted the use of EBA for country-level analysis. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed interest in continuing to support the EBA program.
May 23, 2017 | Sudan
The World Bank Group Country Office in Khartoum, Sudan successfully launched the Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017 report at a large event opened by Xavier Furtado, the WBG’s Country Representative for Sudan, and newly-appointed State Minister for Agriculture, HE Sabari Eldow. A high-level panel of public and private sector experts from Sudan’s agribusiness sector was asked to share its views on EBA findings and suggest ways to take forward the report’s recommendations for Sudan. The panel included the Director-General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development, the Head of DAL Agriculture, and the Chairman of Mahgoub Sons Group, two of Sudan’s leading agribusiness conglomerates. It was noted that, while Sudan has shown some progress since last year’s report, overall performance has been mixed. It was also suggested that, given the importance of livestock to Sudan’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors, greater attention be given in future reports to regulatory issues surrounding livestock as well as land reforms. Arrangements have been made for the EBA report to be presented later this year to a high-level steering committee comprising Undersecretaries and Directors-General from the Ministries of: Agriculture and Forestry, Finance, Water, Irrigation and Energy, Investment, and Animal Resources.
May 22, 2017 | Zimbabwe
The EBA 2017 Report was presented at a day-long workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe, which gathered around 80 key players from different stakeholder groups within Zimbabwe’s agribusiness sector, including government, private sector, trade associations, CSOs, development agencies and academia. Beyond the broader findings of the report, which focused on Zimbabwe’s regulatory environment for agriculture overall, small-group sessions were held on fertilizer, water, finance, markets and land, with valuable contributions from national experts in each field. The event was chaired by Mr. Kumbirayi Katsande, former President of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, who provided valuable insights into Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector and led a panel discussion of experts that included Mr. Tafadzwa Musarara (Chairman of the Zimbabwe Grain Millers Association), Mr. Graeme Murdoch (CEO of Kurima Gold), Mr. Bothwell Nyajeka (CEO of Sable Chemicals), Dr. Sakupwanya (CEO of the Zimbabwe National Water Authority), and Mr. Alex Bara (Senior Economist, Agribank) among other stakeholders.