[Nairobi, Kenya – 20th August 2020]. The Eastern Africa Grain Council convened its 14th Annual General Meeting on 20th August, 2020. The AGM was conducted virtually in adherence to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the management of COVID-19, and as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
The agenda for the meeting was to brief the members on the current position of the Council, review the operations and financial statements for the year ended 31st December, 2019.
Professor Samuel Wangwe, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAGC highlighted the mandate of the Council as offering services and solutions to members as well as advocating for an enabling policy environment for the members. The Chairman appreciated EAGC’s partners for their support and highlighted the milestones achieved in the provision of services to members in partnership with development, corporate partners and other strategic stakeholders.
“We appreciate the support over the years, which has seen EAGC grow and successfully provide services to members and other stakeholders. Our partners have provided support to EAGC through project funding that has enabled EAGC innovate, develop and implement solutions in Structured Grain Trading.” Said Professor Wangwe. He added that the Council has gradually made notable progress over the years in a trajectory to scale up its key service pillars.
EAGC executive Director, Mr. Gerald Masila, reported the progress made in the implementation of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan highlighting major outcomes realized in meeting the strategic plan objectives. He noted that the Council has significantly tackled regional grain policy constraints. “We deepened our engagements with national governments, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other bodies to achieve significant gains for the private sector in matters of trade policy. Mr. Masila stated. “ EAGC implemented a range of policy initiatives, largely involving the public and private sector players to address policy issues at national and regional level realizing significant wins.” He added.
Mr. Masila said that the Council has been offering solutions to facilitate profitable and efficient regional grain trade through addressing constraints to regional integration that threaten to undermine regional food security.
“50% of grain traded by grain value chain actors within the year 2019 was rejected as a result of quality concerns , with the highest rejections among stakeholders who engaged in unstructured trade in grain that had not been sampled, tested and certified” highlighted Mr. Masila . “We continue to promote G-Soko as the premier platform offering secure and efficient trade mechanism for members where we realized increased volume of grain transacted on the platform especially in cross border trade between Uganda and Kenya. We look forward to making G-Soko the platform of choice for all grain traders in the region and beyond.”
Members appreciated the milestones achieved in the financial year 2019 and called upon EAGC to continue supporting them especially in tackling the challenges they experience in compliance to food quality and food safety which have often been hindering their grain trade transactions. The Council committed to enhance member engagement through increased interactions to identify member needs and offer appropriate solutions and services for the members to grow and achieve their full business potential.
ABOUT EASTERN AFRICA GRAIN COUNCIL (EAGC)
The Eastern Africa Grain Council is a regional organization with membership drawn from across the Eastern and Southern Africa. Membership is drawn from grain value chain stakeholders currently with presence in 10 countries across Africa including Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan, DRC Congo and Ethiopia. EAGC’s key products and services include promotion of structured trading system (STS) through the warehouse receipting systems (WRS), and Regional Grain Trading platform (G-Soko – g-soko.com), Market Information Systems (MIS) offered through the Regional Agricultural Trade Intelligence Network (RATIN- (www.ratin.net ) and evidence-based Policy Advocacy and Training and Capacity Building through the Grain Business Institute (GBI – www.grain.institute).
For more Information please contact the EAGC Secretariat:
Regional Manager, MIS & Communication– Jacinta Mwau Tel: +254 733 444 035