KIGALI, Rwanda – The 17th African Fine Conference and Exhibition will be held from the 13th to 15th February 2019 at the Kigali International Conference Centre under the theme, “Speciality Coffees at the Heart of Africa”.
The AFCA (African Fine Coffees Association) Board Chair, Mr. Ishak Lukenge has stressed the importance of the 17th AFCC & E as a unique business opportunity for Rwandan stakeholders to sell their coffee on the spot, gathering valuable coffee information and build trade relations.
In addition to this he stated that the event would bring up to 3- 4 million US Dollars in tourism revenue to Rwanda.
Theme ‘Specialty Coffees at the Heart of Africa’
Coffee, as a commodity, has continued to play a leading role in the economy of Rwanda, contributing to 48% of its agriculture export. On average coffee, export have increased in the last five years.
The Rwandan industry has seen multi-million dollar investments into the sector over the last five years throughout the entire value chain.
A specialty coffee grown by Rwanda’s Ngororero Coffee Washing Station was recently designated “Best of the Best” in the third annual 2018 Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award (EIICA)
This conference will seek to underscore lessons we can learn from Rwanda as well as other active investors in the region on their strategic view of the African Coffee and why Speciality Coffee is the key for Africa in the next 10 years.
The conference will enable delegates from all over the world to experience Rwandan diversity of coffees as well as its scenic beauty, and will also provide Rwanda with an opportunity to “tell its coffee story”, meet potential new buyers, discuss the latest in research, showcase its beauty and market insights from around the world.