IAOM Conference in Oman draws big crowd
February 28, 2008
by Arvin Donley
More than 500 delegates from nearly 50 countries attended the 18th annual International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Mideast & Africa District Conference Dec. 8-11 at the Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, Oman.
"We were thrilled with the meeting in Muscat," said IAOM President Keith Horton. "Ali Hajib and his team at Oman Flour Mills did a terrific job organizing the conference, especially when you take into account that they had less than a year to pull everything together."
Highlights from the conference included a wheat trading seminar, a trade show that featured the latest equipment and services offered to the flour milling industry, 24 educational and technical presentations and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Oman Flour Mills, which served as host of the event.
Horton said the wheat trading seminar was very popular with the delegates.
"Representatives from the largest wheat-producing countries provided perspectives on the situation in their own regions, and attendees had the opportunity to get first-hand information and direct responses to their questions," he said.
He said the trade show portion of the program, which included 75 exhibitors, was also well attended.
During the conference, it was announced that Arusha, Tanzania will host the 19th annual IAOM Mideast & Africa District Conference. IAOM Executive Vice-President Melinda Farris said the event will likely be held in mid-November in the East African nation. It was also announced that the 2009 conference will be held in Antalya, Turkey.