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Africa makes a big impact at 43rd Apimondia in Kiev - Ukraine

It was a beehive of activity, on Sunday 29th October 2013, throughout the opening day of the XXXXIII International Beekeeping Congress at Kiev at International Exhibition Centre. The worldwide reflection of how relevant bees are to life on planet earth was so vivid. Countless people from across the divide patiently lined up in long queues to receive their delegate and exhibitors’ passes. I stopped for a minute and pondered whether the bees even had a clue of what was happening; the entire world had stopped to recognize their work.

For the African honeybee industry, it was another great milestone, our biggest ever participation in the history of Apimondia (since 1897)! And we believe it will get even better at 44th Apimondia in South Korea 2015. An official statement from Apimondia confirms that over 200 delegates and exhibitors from Africa participated at this global event, mainly under the leadership of ApiTrade Africa, a pan African not-for-profit organization that champions the promotion of trade in African bee products globally.


African exhibitors were under one roof, One African Pavilion, occupying an area of 80m2 and shared by Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Our pavilion was awarded a silver medal (in class A19 category) by World Beekeeping Awards 2013 judges in recognition for the excellent show of unique African bee products. If there were awards for the most photographed pavilion, ours would have won a platinum medal!

On the political front, the Apimondia General Assembly conducted the elections of the Regional Commissioner for Africa, alongside four other commissioners representing Europe, Asia, America and Australia. It was quite interesting that the continent with the highest number of contestants (i.e. 3 persons) for this post was Africa. The three candidates were from Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. Mr. Mulufird Ashagrie from Ethiopia, who was also the incumbent, was re-elected, for a four year term. He has been in this position since 2012 when the position was first established by Apimondia. His term of office ends in 2017, at the 45th Apimondia Congress, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. We shall then have a chance to democratically choose a replacement for Mr. Mulufird, to effectively represent beekeepers and honey traders from our beloved continent.

Among the key side events at Apimondia 2013 was ApiExpo Africa 2014 COCKTAIL on 3rd October 2013 which was jointly hosted by ApiTrade Africa together with the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Mechanization Development (Zimbabwe). The cocktail brought together African delegates alongside delegates from Europe, America, Asia, and Australia to share African beekeeping stories and fun. The purpose of the cocktail was to promote ApiExpo Africa 2014 which will be held at The Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe from 6th - 11th October, under the theme, "Beekeeping for economic empowerment in Africa". ApiExpo Africa is the flagship of ApiTrade Africa; it is a biennial event organized to promote honeybee industry business in Africa in terms of market development and investment promotion.

The cocktail was followed by a dinner organized by Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (Tanzania) to promote the 1st Apimondia Symposium on African Bees and beekeeping. The event will be held in the City of Arusha from 11th to 16th November 2014.

Finally, we believe that a United Africa is stronger. ApiTrade Africa is on the journey to unite African beekeepers and honey traders. We believe that Africa will soon emerge as a powerful influence in beekeeping. We are convinced that the future of global beekeeping is Africa and the future of African beekeeping is ApiTrade Africa.

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