On December 07, 2011
on the threshold of the 34 Session of the International Grains Council
with the participation of
Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation,
Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,
International Grains Council,
Russian Grain Union
with the support of
URALCHEM Holding P.L.C.,
International Grain Company,
Russian Union of Sugar Producers (SOYUZROSSAKHAR)
took place the International Grain Forum
“World grain market – prospects, challenges, risks, threats”,
“The Renaissance Moscow Hotel” (Moscow, Russia).
In the International Grain Forum took part about 300 representatives from 26 countries including Russia, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, China, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Argentina, Japan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
In the event’s frameworks the problems of global food security provision have been covered as well as volatility in grain prices, implementation of agricultural potential of the Black Sea, analysis of infrastructure capacity of the Far Eastern grain corridor and other issues.
Presentations of the Forum speakers are available at the Personal web-office.
In the frameworks of the opening ceremony of the International Grain Forum Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Alexander Soloviev, Executive Director of the International Grains Council Etsuo Kitahara, Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to Italy and San Marino Alexey Meshkov welcomed the participants.
The first session “Challenges of the world food security – driver of the grain sector development” was opened by the moderator, Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Council of the International Grains Council for 2011/2012 Vladimir Tkachenko with the Russian grain market outlook.
World grain market outlook, regulation and prognoses as well as causes of grain prices volatility were covered by the Economist of the Agro-Food Trade and Markets Division of the Directorate for Trade and Agriculture of the OECD Ignacio Perez Dominguez.
This was expanded by the next report made by the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Group on Grains of Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Abdolreza Abbassian. He told the participants not only about major trends taking place at the world grain market, but also about the unified agricultural market information system AMIS, which was established at the initiative of “G-20” and aims to enhance food market outlook information, by strengthening collaboration and dialogue among main producing, exporting and importing countries, commercial enterprises and international organizations.
The results of “G-20” work under the presidency of France were presented by the Counsellor on Agricultural Affairs in Russia and CIS countries of French Embassy in Moscow François Viel.
Particular interest among the Forum participants caused the report of Vice-President for Overseas Operations of U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc Vincent Peterson, who spoke about the challenges to world food security, the role of the grain sector in this situation and the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific grain market.
In the session frameworks there were also reports by the Assistant Executive Director of the International Grains Council John Tjaardstra, Minister-Counsellor of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Russell Phillips, Director of Global Head Agri Corporate Business of Swiss Re Bernard Belk and the Economist at the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Guljahan Kurbanova.
The second working session of the Forum was devoted to the problems caused by the return of the Black Sea grain to the world market. In the session frameworks the implementation of agricultural potential of the Black Sea, its place and role in maintaining the stability of the world grain market and the impact on the world grain trade as well as export potential and infrastructure possibilities of the Far Eastern grain corridor, ways to break into the Asia-Pacific grain market were discussed.
After the session was opened by the moderator, President of the Russian Grain Union Arkady Zlochevskiy, the Counsellor to General Director of the United Grain Company Dmitry Grant displayed in his report the company’s plans for both domestic and international grain market.
One of the leading Russian grain and oilseeds markets’ analyst, General Director of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies Dmitri Rylko highlighted in his report the export situation and long-term trends of grain market development not only in Russia but in Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Grain cargos railway transportation problems were covered by the First Deputy General Director of Rusagrotrans Oleg Rogachev.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Altay Mills Valery Gachman presented the solution of logistic problems of the Altay flour exports to the Asia-Pacific market in his speech.
As part of the panel discussion there was an overview of the situation at Ukrainian grain market made by the Counsellor to the Chairman of the Board of State Food Grain Corporation of Ukraine Andrey Druzyaka.
The International Grain Forum was attended by chief executives of major Russian and foreign companies, including General Director of the United Grain Company Sergey Levin and General Director of the International Grain Company Yury Ognev.
In the mass media the event was covered by such news agencies as RosBusinessConsulting, RBC-daily, Bloomberg, Interfax, Zerno On-Line, AgroNews, as well as by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Krestianskie Vedomosti, World Grain, etc. The TV-broadcasting was effected by ROSSIYA-24 channel and Russia today.
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