P51549 10th Annual Africa Sugar 2020
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10th Annual Africa Sugar 2020

31 Mar – 2 April 2020, Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Kampala, Uganda

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Africa’s leading sugar conference, the 10th Africa Sugar Conference returns to shape the conversations surrounding the sugar industry in the Africa continent. The conference earns its reputation from a demonstrated track record for quality content and is the African sugar industry leaders’ go-to event with meaningful business connections made year-on-year.

Set in a new location in Kampala, Uganda, where sugar production is set to rise significantly and the market is keen to see diversification, expect the latest industry insights and updates. The 2020 programme is strengthened: premier content, new networking opportunities, and will continue to bring together top players and industry heavyweights across Africa to highlight the latest market insights and centre-stage key case studies.


What’s new in 2020?

  • Deep dive into global market movements and its implications for Africa
  • Special coverage of intra-African trade and its impact on the sugar industry
  • Changing consumer perspectives
  • Best practices for efficiency and production
  • Continued focus on sugar diversification, with a deeper look at the roadmap for ethanol and co-generation
  • Spotlight on Africa’s sugar value chains; country-specific insights and developments
  • Action-geared, thought-leadership sessions for moving the industry forward
  • Sustainable commercial best practices


“Very enriching and always informative. It keeps one abreast of the developments in the sugar industry in Africa.”
– Abdul Rasheed Olayiwola, General Manager – Finance, BUA Group

“The conference is packed with a lot of valuable information on the whole sugar industry value chain, very relevant for all sugar millers and downstream industry operators.”
– Lusubilo Chakaniza, CEO, Ethanol Company

“Very educative conference that Africa can learn from to revitalize the sugar industry.”
– Mary Teresa Gondi, Interim Senior Market Research Officer, AFA – Sugar Directorate

“This is the best Sugar Updating Conference in the region.”
– Mwine Jim Kabeho, E.D & Chairman, Madhvani Group & Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association

“This is one place where you will find all the Sugar Industry players and see a hybrid of solutions.”
– Grace Bunanukye Bwengye, Planner Agriculture, National Planning Authority Uganda



8:00 am

Registration Starts & Morning Coffee


9:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

9:05 am


Mwine Jim Kabeho, Chairman, Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association, Uganda

9:15 am


Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda

9:35 am

  • The state and value of intra-African trade, and its impact on the sugar sector
  • Region’s export and production growth against a global landscape
  • Emerging trading hubs within Africa and the role of COMESA in integrating the sub-region


10:00 am

  • Regional markets demand outlook – Cane yield, currencies, macro and microeconomics factors influencing African sugar markets
  • Production projection in 2020
  • Prospectus and growth as we see it
  • Making Sense of Sugar

10:30 am

Morning Networking Tea Break

11:00 am

  • Developments and regulations surrounding continental FTAs and trading blocs
  • Boosting SADC trade opportunities: industrial development strategy and value-chain approaches
  • Addressing key priorities and barriers to intra-African cooperation

11:30 am

  • Going beyond Uganda and EAC market access strategy
  • Production and milling updates
  • Working with local sugar market policies

12:30 pm

  • Surplus, profitability, priorities and key commercial focus today
  • Moving forward with domestic and overseas strategies
  • Private and public sector partnership
  • Perspectives on the ongoing impact of trade on the sugar industry
  • Co-generation and the case for revenue diversification: what kind of groundwork needs to be established?
  • Costs of production and future-proofing against risks

1:15 pm

Networking Lunch


2:15 pm

  • Biocom in numbers: the production of sugarcane, ethanol and electricity for the domestic market, and forecasted growth
  • Development potential, investments in cutting-edge technology, and exports
  • The role of mechanization in productivity and attaining self-sufficiency across facilities

3:45 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

4:15 pm

  • Alteo Group’s operations across Africa in renewable energy: opportunities for supply within the African continent
  • Integrated operations to remain competitive and profitable; roadmap the realized synergistic benefits across the Group
  • Commercial strategies, case study, and showcases

4:45 pm

  • RSSC’s current innovation and scale in ethanol production
  • Strategy and case study for integrated sugarcane processing: productivity and efficiency

5:15 pm

  • Aligning with Nigeria’s Sugar Master Plan to drive local sugar production and self-sufficiency: the current state-of-play in progress, gains, and roadblocks
  • Ethanol production and fuel blending: current plans and investments
  • Co-generation and sustainability: current projects and initiatives

5:45 pm

End of Day 1

6:30 pm

Gala Dinner

*Programme timing and speakers may change based on market development

9:00 am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


9:10 am

  • A brand-new manufacturing line investment in Uganda to meet consumer demands
  • Soft drinks manufacturer’s perspective on sugar and substitutes
  • Product innovations and sugar content
  • Demand and procurement

9:40 am

  • Uganda in spotlight
  • Process, progress and investments
  • Sustainability in production, operation and profitability
  • Project updates

10:20 am

  • Omo-Kuraz Sugar Factory (China investment of over USD1.1b)
  • US $95m deal for Tana Beles-I sugar plant project (China CAMC Engineering Co. Ltd)

10:50 am

Morning Networking Tea Break


11:20 am

  • Sugar market policies
  • Import, price and supply chain
  • Milling activities in spotlights and cane demand
  • Government incentives and support

11:50 am

  • Current all-time high production and projection for 2020 -2021
  • Funding for the major upgrade of mills
  • Milling and production technologies uptake
  • Upcoming energy projects

12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:50 pm

  • Horyal Investment’s construction and operation update after a year of running
  • Working with cane project intervention project
  • Cane production project in Northern Uganda in partnership with NAADS
  • Production and operation efficiency

2:20 pm

  • Tech in sugar production
  • Beyond Africa – Middle East and more, how is trade evolving?
  • Diversification on product portfolio, and other non-sugar businesses

2:50 pm

  • The business case for co-generation
  • Critical success factors for co-generation (Sugarcane supply, PPA, license)
  • Physical performance indicators (2011-2019)
  • Future developments

3:20 pm

Afternoon Networking Tea Break

3:50 pm

Imports vs. Local Production in Kenya – How is the Market Shifting?

Ashok Dua, Chief Operations and Projects, Butali Sugar Mills, Kenya

4:50 pm

End of Day 2

*Programme timing and speakers may change based on market development

9:00 am

The sugar industry is increasingly embracing diversification as global market movements continue to wage war on sugar prices and demand. With recent years seeing a record increase in the production and use of biofuel, co-generation and other co-products, the sugar industry is looking towards alternative markets and opportunities beyond sugar production for better business resilience and sustainability.


  • The state of the sugarcane industry in Africa: how the region has fared and its developments
  • Current roadmap: opportunities and challenges for co-products in the local and global markets
  • Protecting the bottom-line: financing your diversification strategies and a look at current capabilities
  • Beyond ethanol: developing competitive advantage in your agricultural ventures
  • Market insights and applications: Case studies and planning of sugar mill’s own roadmap and next steps required

1:00 pm

End of workshop


Packages Price
2 Day Conference + Pre Conference WorkshopUS $2199US $1799Early BirdEarly Bird
2 Day ConferenceUS $1799US $1399Early BirdEarly Bird
2 Day Conference - Startup RateUS $200Early Bird
Extras Price
Gala Dinner US $100

Super Early Bird Rate: Register and pay before 20 Dec 2019

Uganda company rates: US $1399 for Pre-Conference Workshop and 2-day main conference.

Startup rates: US $495 for 2-day main conference only.

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Partnership and Profile Building Opportunities are Now Available!
Contact us today to find out how you can position your company as a market leader at this event, and to explore the range of branding and marketing opportunities available.

For Sponsorship Opportunities:
Jonathan Kiang
+65 6508 2471


Media & Association Partnership Opportunities
Eileen Tan
+65 6508 2462

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Mwine Jim Kabeho

Chairman, Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association, Uganda

Hon. Amelia Kyambadde

Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda

Joel H. Okwir

Agriculture Economist, COMESA, Zambia

Johann van der Merwe

Group Head, Advocacy, Illovo Sugar, South Africa

Calicious Tutalife

Acting Director, Directorate of Industrial Development and Trade (IDT), South African Development Community (SADC), South Africa

Suresh C. Sharma

Regional Director, Africa Operations, Mehta Group, Uganda

Amina Hersi Moghe

Chief Executive Officer, Horyal Investments Holding and Atiak Sugar Factory, Uganda

Frederick North-Coombes

Chief Executive Officer, Transmara Sugar Company, Kenya

Oswald Magwenzi

Managing Director, Ubombo Sugar, Eswatini

Jayanti Patel

Managing Director, Butali Sugar Mills, Kenya

Senior Representative, Madhvani Group, Uganda

Senior Representative, Kagera Sugar, Tanzania

Luis Bagorro Júnior

Deputy General Director, BIOCOM, Angola

Richard Bennett

Founder and CEO, Sunbird Bioenergy, U.K

Stephane Isautier

Head, East Africa Operations, Alteo Group, Mauritius

Nick Jackson

Managing Director, Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation, Eswatini

Senior Representative from Dangote, Nigeria

Simon Kaheru

Public Affairs & Communications Director (Century & Rwenzori Bottling Companies in Uganda), Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Uganda

Weyo Roba

Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Ethiopia

Solomon Odera

Interim Head, Sugar Directorate, Agriculture & Food Authority, Kenya

Phil Mnisi

Chief Executive Officer, Eswatini Sugar Association, Eswatini

Mohamed Ahmed Ateia El Habib

Deputy Managing Director and Chief Finance Officer, Kenana Sugar Co Ltd, Sudan

Ashok Dua

Chief Operations and Projects, Butali Sugar Mills, Kenya

when & where

31 Mar - 02 Apr 2020

Speke Resort and Conference Centre
Kampala, Uganda


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Speaking Opportunities
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+65-6508 2472

Sponsorship Opportunities
Jonathan Kiang
+65 6508 2471

Media & Association Partnership Opportunities
Eileen Tan
+65 6508 2462


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