Uganda is set to host the 4th African Tea Convention & Exhibition starting from June 26 – 28 June 2019.
This is a global event for the tea industry organized by the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) based in Mombasa, Kenya assisted by the Uganda Tea Association (UTA).
The conference will host specialized forums focusing on the four crucial aspects affecting the tea farmer –e.g. the environment, production and processing, human rights and other tea production challenges and consumer changing tests.
The convention and Exhibition that will be opened by his Excellency, the President Yoweri Museveni, shall also feature an exhibition of the latest trends and tea products from all over the world and provide a one-on-one interaction of the global tea industry experts.
The event provides a great opportunity for its stakeholders to interact with world tea leaders and technology experts, industry experts, agriculture input suppliers, practitioners, researchers and scholars, financiers and investors, logistic and warehousing experts, tea buyers, tea packers and retailers, shippers and freight agents, supply chain corporates, commodity traders, tea brokers, tea value adders and blenders.
Other inputs suppliers among other stakeholders from over 30 tea producing and consuming countries across the globe will attend; They will come from Kenya, Rwanda, Japan, USA, Germany, Denmark, Pakistan, India, Malawi, Spain, Sri Lanka South Africa, Argentina, Uzbeskistan and United Kingdom among other countries.
“The African Tea Convention and Exhibition is the largest tea industry trade show and conference in Africa. Thousands of stakeholders attend it to discover latest trends of tea products from all over the world, to exhibit and see new technology in the tea industry like machinery and in some instances make firm orders of the same, to network with colleagues and friends, and gain tea and tea industry education from leading industry experts.” Said Edward Mudibo, Managing Director of EATTA.
The convention has been successfully held since 2011. The 1st African Tea convention was held in Mombasa Kenya and the 2nd one was held in Kigali Rwanda in 2013, then the third one held in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 50 tea companies have participated in the exhibitions. It normally attracts more than 500 delegates. It is the best platform for tea companies to find agents, find new customers, understand the market and promote new products and brands.
“Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world and Uganda is one of the largest tea producing countries in Africa being 2nd to Kenya. With over 20 tea producing companies in Uganda alone, this convention promises to be the biggest ever and will be a very important resource for anyone or company intending to go into the tea business.” Said George W. Ssekitoleko, Executive Secretary of UTA.
There will be over 20 industry experts from the globe speaking at the event.
EATTA founded in 1957 is hosted in Mombasa Kenya. It is the apex body representing the tea industry in Africa. EATTA is made of members from Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Madagascar, Ethiopia & Mozambique. The membership comprises Tea Producers, Buyers/Exporters, Brokers, warehousemen and packers, is a voluntary organization promoting the best interests of the Tea Trade in Africa.
EATTA runs the Mombasa Tea Auction at the Tea Trade Centre. This is the largest black CTC auction centre in the world with 32% of the tea exported to the world passing through Mombasa.