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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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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

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

9:05 am


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

9:10 am


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

9:20 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


9:45 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

10:10 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

10:35 am

Morning Networking Tea Break

11:05 am

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

11:30 am

Driving Growth in Africa: Expansion & African Projects Showcase

Chaitralli Bhosale, Head, International Business, Saisidha, India

12:00 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

12:45 pm

Networking Lunch


1:45 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

2:15 pm

Beyond Milling: Product Diversification and Technology Showcase

Senior Representative from New Holland Agriculture,

3:15 pm

Sugar Factory 2.0 – A Cane Bio-refinery, for Sustained & Inclusive Growth

Makarand Joshi, Head, Business Development – Africa & Middle East, Praj Industries Ltd

3:45 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

4:15 pm

  • Alteo’s operations in numbers
  • Building resilience through diversification
  • Commercial strategies, case study, and showcases
    • The Tanzanian success story
    • Building an out-grower community in Kenya

4:45 pm

Diversification of Revenue Streams Through Cogeneration, the Case of Ubombo Sugar in Eswatini

Oswald Magwenzi, Managing Director, Ubombo Sugar, Eswatini

5:15 pm

Session Reserved for Thysenkrupp

5:35 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

  • Meeting consumer demands: a soft drinks manufacturer’s perspective on sugar and substitutes
  • Who benefits the most?
  • How can the benefit be translated to more people in-country?
  • Where should the Private Sector and Government meet?

9:40 am

Uganda’s Biggest Sugar Producer’s Market Capitalisation and Investment Projects

Farhan Nakhooda, Director, Projects, Madhvani Group, Uganda

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)

10:40 am

Morning Networking Tea Break


11:10 am

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

11:40 am

  • The state-of-play for national schemes for irrigation in Africa, with Uganda in focus
  • How to survive in low sugar prices economy by growing more cane per hectare
  • Sustainability and productivity: what investments and initiatives need to be done first to lay the right foundations for sugar production?

12:20 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 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

2:00 pm

Yield Maximization in Sugar Cane Farming through Biological Inputs

Bernardo G. Arnaud, Chairman - StarkSat | NovaTero BioAg | Meteora Seeds

2:30 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

3:00 pm

Afternoon Networking Tea Break

3:30 pm

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

4:00 pm

Sugar Production in Tanzania: Bakhresa Group’s Production & Irrigation Case Study

Naarayanan Krishnasamy, AGM, Farm Development, Bagayomo Sugar (Bakhresa Group), Tanzania

5:40 pm

End of Day 2

4:40 pm

*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

12:30 pm

End of workshop

1:00 pm

Hosted by the Uganda Sugar Manufacturers’ Association (USMA) and The Mehta Group, tour to the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) mill in Lugazi and expect to see showcases of sugarcane production technologies and diversification initiatives.

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6:00 pm

End of site tour


Packages Price
2 Day ConferenceUS $1799Early Bird
2 Day Conference – AgTech Start Up RateUS $495Early Bird
Extras Price
Pre Conference Workshop US $400
Gala Dinner US $100

Register 3 Delegates and get 1 FREE PASS
Register 5 Delegates and get 2 FREE PASSES
(Group rate is based on normal rate of 2-day main conference package only)

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Official Opening Remarks by Guest-of-Honour

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

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

The 10th Africa Sugar Conference 2020 is honoured to have the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, to preside over the region’s most highly-anticipated sugar industry conference and deliver the Official Opening Remarks.

A strong advocate and proponent of encouraging globally competitive local businesses as well as enhancing local production and pan-African trade, mark your calendars as the industry convenes this 31 March to 2 April 2020.

Co-hosted by the Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association (USMA), the conference brings together top players and industry heavyweights across Africa.

Letter from USMA

Dear Industry Colleagues,

Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association (USMA) Partners as Co-Host for 10th Africa Sugar

In a region that’s grappling with sustainable sugar production, Uganda’s sugar industry is thriving and projected to see an increase of over 10% in sugar output in this year alone. With investments pouring in from the private sector, and the state providing an enabling environment for industrial growth, new sugar projects are being developed with a keen support from the government to see diversification in sugar production. Uganda exhibits great potential for a much more robust and competitive sugar sector.

Industry growth is not without its opportunities and challenges in sugar production. As a region, our economies and value chains are interconnected through trade and industrialization – and the wider African community of respective government authorities, traders, millers and refiners, financing community and technology providers must come together to shape these conversations surrounding the future of Africa’s sugar industry.

The Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association (USMA) is delighted to partner with Informa Connect as Co-Host for the 10th iteration of the region’s preeminent sugar conference. Set in a new location in 2020 in Kampala, Uganda, it is my pleasure to welcome you as we gather for this highly-anticipated annual meeting.

Expect a line-up of updates from key sugar markets, top millers and international investors, as well as esteemed thought leaders at the conference, along with new content and networking opportunities.

I highly encourage you to mark the dates and take time to be there as we convene.

We look forward to meeting you in Kampala, Uganda.


Mwine Jim Kabeho
Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association (USMA)

Highlights at #AFRICASUGAR2020

Pre-Conference Workshop

31 March 2020, Tuesday (9.00am – 12.30pm)

Focusing on sugar diversification, deep dive into practical market insights and applications for your business as you evaluate, develop and plan your own diversification strategy and roadmap!

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Pre-Conference Site Tour

31 March 2020, Tuesday (1.00pm – 6.00pm)
Hosted by the Uganda Sugar Manufacturers’ Association (USMA) and The Mehta Group, tour to the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) mill in Lugazi and expect to see showcases of sugarcane production technologies and diversification initiatives.

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Gala Dinner

1 April 2020, Wednesday (6.30pm)

Africa’s sugar industry’s most anticipated Gala dinner is confirmed! Innumerable networking opportunities are available, and this is the one event not to be missed. Registrations are open for conference participants only, so mark your calendars and book your ticket now.

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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

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Media & Association Partnership Opportunities
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+65 6508 2462

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Hon. Amelia Kyambadde

Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda*

Mwine Jim Kabeho

Chairman, Uganda Sugar Manufacturers Association, 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

Chaitralli Bhosale

Head, International Business, Saisidha, India

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

Farhan Nakhooda

Director, Projects, Madhvani Group, Uganda

Senior Representative, Kagera Sugar, Tanzania

Luis Bagorro Júnior

Deputy General Director, BIOCOM, Angola

Senior Representative from New Holland Agriculture

Subhash Abeywickrama

Chief Operating Officer and Director, Sunbird Bioenergy, Sierra Leone

Makarand Joshi

Head, Business Development – Africa & Middle East, Praj Industries Ltd

Stephane Isautier

Head, East Africa Operations, Alteo Group, Mauritius

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

Senior Representative from Netafim

Bernardo G. Arnaud

Chairman - StarkSat | NovaTero BioAg | Meteora Seeds

Senior Representative from Dangote, Nigeria

Mohamed Ahmed Ateia El Habib

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

Naarayanan Krishnasamy

AGM, Farm Development, Bagayomo Sugar (Bakhresa Group), Tanzania

Nick Jackson

Managing Director, Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation, Eswatini

Ervant Sadanand

Chief Executive Officer, Bagayomo Sugar (Bakhresa Group), Tanzania

Mulhim Eltayeb

Chairman and CEO, KEPM Projects; Agribusiness Strategy Advisor, ICCIA

when & where

31 Mar - 02 Apr 2020

Speke Resort and Conference Centre
Wavamunno Road, P.O. Box 446, Kampala

Tel (General):
+ 256 (0) 417 716000 / +256 (0) 414 227111
Fax: +256 -312-227110 / +256- 417-716350

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+65 6508 2462




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