Grain Sector Players Commit to Structured Grain Trade

The 6th African Grain Trade Summit was held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Makerere University has strongly condemned the students who woke up Monday morning to hold a strike over fees payment.

In total disregard of the administration and their guild president’s advice, capsule privately sponsored students held a mass demonstration in protest against the set deadlines in which they are required to pay tuition fees.

The students were expected to have cleared their fees by today Monday October 5 [six weeks into the semester] as per the university policy.

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However, pharm following last week’s talks between the guild and the administration, this deadline was extended by one month to Friday October 30.

The students on the other hand want this policy scrapped altogether, which the university has rejected.

“The tuition and functional fees are required to ensure that the University provides quality education as well as timely delivery of services to students,” said Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe in a communique.

According to Guild President David Bala, he and his team were meant to meet again with the University Council tomorrow Tuesday to find a lasting solution to this predicament.

Yesterday he cautioned the students’ community against proceeding with their strike, noting that this would complicate the said discussions.

“Fellow students, I understand your frustration but please let us make logical decisions, not decisions based on emotion. We want a permanent solution to our problem, not a temporary one,” he said.

Students however today proceeded with the demonstration. Some of them believe the guild has been bribed by the administration to sideline their views.

The university this morning condemned the strike and strongly cautioned the students’ community. Police deployment remains tight at the campus to contain the situation.

The recently concluded 6th African Grain Summit reaffirmed the regional grain sector actors’ commitment to structured grain trade in Africa.

The Summit that was held in Kigali, this web Rwanda set out a clear agenda on different priority areas to be achieved within the next two years.

In a major push to create an enabling environment for the grain sector in Africa, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, pledged to continue to support the operationalization of the single customs territory through the Northern and Central Corridor Initiatives.

The President’s remarks were delivered on his behalf by the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi.

Over 200 delegates from 14 countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Benin, USA and Philippines attended the summit.

The delegates, who represented the Government officials, private sector, traders, farmers, processors, financial institutions, civil society and development partners all committed to work together through Private-Public Partnership models to reduce the billions of dollars that get out of Africa through food imports.

Hon. Kanimba, Minister of Trade and Industry, appreciated the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) for organizing such a high level summit, noting that the 6th African Grain Trade summit provides an opportunity to review the commitment to address the structural constraints of the grain trade on the African continent.

He urged the delegates to create synergies and work together to create effective partnerships between the public and private sector to modernize the grain trading commodity value chain and to boost the intra-African grain trade.

Dr. Bernard Otim, the chairperson of the Eastern African Grain Council, recognized the various challenges and bottleneck in the regional trade within the EAC but was confident that through this summit priorities would be identified and solutions provided for an efficient grain sector.

Delegates fronted for a Private sector-led Action Group that would champion the identification of key issues and drive policy engagement with governments to ensure the grain sector thrives.

Regional harmonization of trade policies among countries and among regional economic blocs, was supported unanimously by the delegates.

The Eastern Africa Grain Council was tasked to drive the regional trade harmonization agenda, including policies on Warehouse Receipting Systems, Post-harvest Management, storage systems and technologies that support regional trade.

The summit also brought together, for the very first time, the Eastern Africa Grain Council, the Southern Africa Grain Network and the West Africa Grain network, where it was agreed on the need of collaboration on Marketing Information and Capacity Building.

The delegates further agreed to the formation of the African Grain Council (AGC).

In addition, business to business linkages were made between the private sector, including traders, farmers and processors from the EAC, where trade contracts were sealed worth 10,290 Metri Tonnes of beans, 10,000 Metric Tonnes of maize, 10,000 Metric tonnes of rice and 47,000 Zero Fly bags.

This is part of the trade facilitation initiatives EAGC provides to its members through regional networking.


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