Excerpt taken form: SHEA 2010: Tremendous potential for West Africa | West Africa Trade Hub.
“Shea is without doubt the most important resource collected in the Sudano-Sahelian countries,” said Mali’s Prime Minister Modibo Sidibe in opening remarks. “The conference is an ideal forum to emphasize the value of and to promote internationally the shea industry.” U.S. Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic echoed his thoughts.
Sharing knowledge, making connections
“The main purpose of Shea 2010 was to share knowledge and help stakeholders make connections,” said Trade Hub Shea Sector Expert, Dr. Peter Lovett. And it succeeded several times over, participants said, informally and formally. A one-day training event preceded the conference and at the end of the event a business-to-business forum matched companies to discuss specific opportunities.