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Dear Readers,

Allow me wish you a Merry Christmas and happy New Year in advance as the year 2016 draws to a close. I am aware that for many of us, this year has been tough in many ways, especially given that the business side of things have not been smooth. Of course this statement cannot hold true for everyone of us because some of you are actually celebrating big time the achievements of the year. It is therefore fair to say that we should all celebrate life with all its imperfections.

Rwanda made us proud hosts of ApiExpo Africa 2016 in Kigali, where the continental business and policy platforms convened concurrently. Under the leadership of African Union's InterAfrican Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the African Apiculture Platform held its 3rd General Assembly at the same venue to discuss future policy and programmatic issues of beekeeping. With these two complimentary events happening, stakeholders passed very strong recommendations which, if implemented, could catapult the apiculture sector in Africa to heights unprecedented.

Some of the key bold propositions from the two events were as follows:

a) Greater collaboration and synergy between government and private sector-led initiatives at the regional and continental level, where ApiTrade Africa will play a key leadership role.

b) African Apiculture Platform (AAP) endorsed ApiExpo Africa as the premium investment and trade promotion event for the continent

c) AU-IBAR should provide support to ApiTrade Africa as a continental private sector initiative to promote trade and investment and in particular to enhance private sector involvement in promoting intra-African trade in bee products

These propositions provide sufficient fodder for policy makers and planners to identify and prioritize key strategic interventions which will lead to the growth of apiculture sector in Africa. At the operational level, ApiTrade Africa shall, in 2017 onwards, engage with stakeholders to mobilize actors and the necessary financial resources to facilitate the work required. The roadmap will become clearer during the different stages of engagements with regional organizations and national governments alike.

We hope we can continue to work together to keep Africa rising!

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Pleasant reading.

Bosco Okello


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