Poultry & Egg Summit Latin America 2016

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Disease and trade focus for VIV’s new Poultry Summit in Latin America.
Over 250 of the leading decision makers from the poultry meat and egg industries of Latin America are expected to come to Poultry & Egg Summit Latin America 2016, the new regional conference for poultry executives that will take place in Argentina on dates of 26th-27th October 2016.

Uniquely, the core topic for the meeting has been chosen by industry representatives themselves. On the basis of their responses to a special survey, the conference will focus on the key challenges involved in the prevention and management of poultry disease and its implications for trade.

First for the region
Poultry & Egg Summit Latin America 2016 will take place in Buenos Aires. The two-day conference will begin with a plenary session, opened by Rabobank’s Nan-Dirk Mulder with a presentation on ‘Opportunities for the Latin American poultry industry from a global perspective’. John Kirkpatrick, Tesco Plc., presents the business case ‘Consumer acceptance’. The programme will offer simultaneous translation of speakers in English and Spanish, being presented by VIV worldwide in co-operation with the International Egg Commission and the International Poultry Council. It becomes the first conference-only meeting to be arranged in a South American country by the team behind the VIV series of international trade fairs and follows their launch of Poultry Summit Europe 2016 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in May this year.

Key challenges and international trade
We aim to hold Poultry & Egg Summit Latin America every two years,” says Diána Tóth, conferences manager for VIV worldwide. Each conference will be based on the concept that all presentations and discussions relate to the key challenges surrounding a specific topic, chosen by and adapted to the particular region.

For Poultry & Egg Summit Latin America 2016 the programme looks at the challenges associated with preventing and managing the important avian diseases and their connection to international trade. The format of the conference has been structured deliberately to allow full opportunities for delegates to meet and network between presentations.

Attractive environment
Ruwan Berculo, manager of VIV worldwide, cites the growing importance of Latin America in the international trade in commodities and end products as a big factor in choosing the region for the Poultry Summit. The choice of Buenos Aires was equally pragmatic. “Latin America is exceptionally big and there is no central location equivalent to Bangkok in Thailand where we hold VIV Asia for everybody from the Asian countries to come together,” he comments. “We have no doubt at all that Buenos Aires is definitely the right place for the first edition. The timing for the initiative is also ideal, given that Argentina has a new government since last year which is putting fresh support into agribusiness. We like to be there at this time, as the poultry companies and commodity suppliers prepare for a major increase in exports.

Strong partnerships
He highlights the fact that both poultry meat and eggs receive close attention in the conference programme. In fact, while the International Poultry Council (IPC) is involved in the morning session on Wednesday 26th October, the afternoon session and the opening segment of the next day have been arranged with the International Egg Commission (IEC).
We are truly excited to be part of the Poultry & Egg Summit Latin America,” comments IEC Chairman Ben Dellaert. “The International Egg Commission brings together the leaders of the egg industry in pursuit of best business practice, with the global goal of increasing egg consumption, sustainability and raising the profile of the egg. Latin America has a significant role to play in the international egg industry, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with this important region.”
Anyone who would like more details of Poultry & Egg Summit Latin America 2016 can contact Mr Ruwan Berculo directly on his email ruwan.berculo@vnuexhibitions.com.