Marrakech – The International Sugar Conference, organized by the Sugar Professional Association SPA in partnership with the International Sugar Organization (ISO), ended Friday in Marrakech, after two days of debates and fruitful exchanges on the African sugar industry and its development prospects.
Launched under the theme “African sugar sector, challenges for the future?”, This international conference was an opportunity for sharing information and experiences among national and international stakeholders of the sugar sector. The various plenary sessions in the conference program focused among others on the potential of Africa in this field, as well as the challenges that the continent faces in this area, including improving productivity and competitiveness, support agricultural upstream and guarantee an adequate organizational and regulatory framework for protection of the industry.
The participants of this international conference also called for the promotion of investment in the African sugar sector, believing that the multiple challenges ahead for Africa in this area require the mobilization and commitment of the various stakeholders to work towards the achievement of major projects contribution to ensuring food security and population stabilization.
This meeting was also an opportunity for participants to gain insight on the world sugar market, and on the impact of certain reforms in this market, including companies in Europe, and on the theme of sustainable development in this sector. The International Sugar Conference was attended by nearly 300 people representing member countries of the OIS, which currently has 88 countries, in addition to national and international actors operating in the sugar economy. “The Moroccan sugar study: New Challenges”, “sugar market in Africa, opportunities, challenges and prospects”, “outlook on world sugar markets” and “importance of sustainable development in the sugar sector” are the main themes at the conference.