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We would like to invite you to our special TRT Rice Forum 2014, held in Dubai, UAE. Experts, governments and traders alike will be in heavy attendance. Don't miss out on your important chance to network and hear expert analysis and future outlook!





"Focus on Africa and the Middle East"

8-9 April 2014, Crowne Plaza, Dubai, United Arab Emirates





  • The highly anticipated follow up to the Nov 2013 - TRT World Rice Conference in Hong Kong
  • More focus on destination markets, both basmati and non-basmati rice demand
    • Middle East Markets - focus on Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and more
    • Africa markets - focus on Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa and more
  • Updates on key Asian origins, the latest from Vietnam's winter-spring crop, on Thailand's rice mountain and old crop availability, on India's 2013/14 production and early signs of the 2014 monsoon
  • Special focus on Nigeria and the global parboiled rice market
  • Networking focus - from across the rice trade and supply chain





10.00am                Chairman's welcome

                                Jeremy Zwinger, President and CEO

                                The Rice Trader


10.15am               Rice Markets in 2014 - Key Issues that will shape trends and market dynamics


                               Jeremy Zwinger, President and CEO, The Rice Trader


10.45am               Keynote Address: Outlook for Demand from Iran


                                Shahrokh Khazaei, Managing Director

                                Sanido Trading DMCC, UAE


11.15am               Global Rice Demand and Supply - The recent past and the road ahead


                                Concepción Calpe, Senior Economist,

                                Secretary, Intergovernmental Group on Rice Trade and Markets Division

                                Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy


12.00noon           Questions and Answers followed by Networking Luncheon


South Asian Rice Supply in Focus

1.30pm                 Indian Rice Export Outlook - Focus on Supply and Exports to the Middle East and Africa

  • Rise of high grade white rice

  • Parboiled rice demand

  • Basmati rice markets and outlook

  • Indian rice prices

             Protik Guha, CEO

            Amira Group


2.00pm      Pakistan Rice Export Market Outlook - Middle East and African interest as key demand drivers

  • Rice Production and Export Availability

  • Pak non-Basmati rice exports to Africa and the Middle East

  • Basmati rice market outlook - Can Pakistan compete?

  • Challenges ahead

             Fuad Hamid Garib, Director

            Garibsons (Pvt) Ltd


2.30pm                 Panel session: Middle East Markets - Key Concerns


Focus on Middle East Markets for rice (Basmati and non-Basmati)

  • Iraq tenders and demand prospects for 2014/2015

  • Iran basmati rice demand outlook

  • Saudi Arabia market and demand

  • United Arab Emirates as a hub for Middle East transshipment markets

  • Broader Middle East market outlook and procurement trends

            V. Subramanian, Vice President

           The Rice Trader, Singapore



                                Jeremy Zwinger, President and CEO, The Rice Trader

                                Shahrokh Khazaei, Executive Director, Mohsen Line General Trading L.L.C., UAE

                                Balwant Singh Rana, Trader- Agri Business (Rice & Other grains)

                               GTC Group International

                               Senior Official, Mid-Gulf International

                               Senior Official, Olam International


4.30pm                 Questions and Answers followed by welcome reception


5pm to 8pm        WELCOME RECEPTION


An excellent chance to Network, discuss the presented materials, make new friends, renew old ties and enjoy some of the best peer networking possible.


DAY TWO: 9 April 2014 - Plenary Session


9.00am                Chairman's welcome

                                Jeremy Zwinger, President and CEO

                                The Rice Trader


9.15am                 Food Security in Africa and the way forward Aliou Diagne, Program Leader,

                               Policy, Innovation Systems and Impact Assessment, Africa Rice Centre, Benin


10.00am               Changing consumption in African markets

                                Frédéric Lançon, Economist, CIRAD


10.45am               Questions and Answers followed by Morning Refreshments


Global Rice Supply in Focus - Southeast Asian Export Giants


11.15am               Thailand's return as a competitive exporter with quantity to match

  • Thailand's recent price competitiveness

  • What does Thailand have to offer and the benefits to buyers

  • 2014 and 2015 Golden years for Thai exports?

Official, Rice Exporters Association of Thailand


11.45am               Vietnam's Winter-spring offerings to Africa and the Middle East

  • Production and Export Availability

  • Vietnam's growing fragrant rice exports and rising African and Middle East demand



12.15noon           Questions followed by Networking Luncheon


1.45pm                 African Rice Production, Supply, Consumption and the Challenges ahead

                                Focus on trends seen in African markets

  • Nigeria and related market update

  • South Africa

  • Senegal

  • Ivory Coast

  • Ghana

  • East African market focus - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and other regional rice destinations

  • Broader African demand, supply and market outlook

  • Parboiled rice markets and key destination markets in Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Yemen)

             Presented by

            V. Subramanian, Vice President

           The Rice Trader



                                Jeremy Zwinger, President and CEO, The Rice Trader

                                Gautam Vijay, Platinum Corporation FZE

                                Ivo Van Der Staak, Head of Purchasing Department

                                J.P.Beemsterboer Food Traders

                                Frédéric Lançon, Economist, CIRAD

                               Senior Official, Phoenix Commodities


4.00pm                 Questions and Answers followed by Networking Afternoon Refreshments


5.00pm                 End of Conference





Crowne Plaza Dubai

PO Box 23215, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

Tel:     + 971 4 3311111

Fax:     + 971 4 3314150





Reservations (for delegates only - speakers, please contact

Please mention "TRT Rice Network 2014" on email as subject and provide date of arrival, departure, approximate arrival time and if airport transfer is required.



Registration Fees



Non-Subscribers with 1yr TRT daily

(worth USD 2000 per year)

Before 28 Feb 2014

USD 500

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Before 30 Mar 2014

USD 500

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USD 700

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