IAOM Eurasia District to take part in joint event

by Arvin Donley
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The International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Eurasia District recently announced that for the first time it will join the Association of Cereal Industry Trades Alumni (AEMIC) as they convene their 61st JTIC to create one of the biggest international events for the milling and cereal industries.

The joint event will be held Oct. 13-15 in Reims, France. Last year’s JTIC attracted nearly 2,400 participants and more than 100 exhibitors to its trade show. The fourth annual IAOM Eurasia District meeting, which was held in Moscow, Russia last September, drew more than 250 participants and featured an exhibition with equipment from 37 companies.

Nearly 3,000 French and foreign visitors, the majority of which are heads of companies and decision-makers in the cereals sector, are expected to attend the three-day event.

Numerous workshops and technical sessions will be scheduled, with translations available in English and Russian.

The conference will be preceded by the Flour Fortification Initiative Workshop. Registration information will be available soon at the IAOM website (www.iaom.info/eurasia).

IAOM MEA DISTRICT MEETING SLATED FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Registration is also opening for the IAOM Middle East and Africa (MEA) District meeting, to be held Nov. 22-25 at the Westin Grand Hotel and Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel and the Cape Town International Convention Center in Cape Town, South Africa.

This marks the first time in the 21-year history of the event that the conference will be held in South Africa, which has a thriving milling industry.

Jannie de Villiers, executive director of the National Chamber of Milling, which represents 13 wheat milling and 22 white maize milling companies in South Africa, said during last year’s MEA District meeting in Turkey that his country’s milling industry has historically been focused inward, but that is starting to change. "During the past several years, companies, suppliers and all of the players in the grain value chain have been looking more outward. By having interactions with the rest of the world at this year’s expo, they may become more interested in building new partnerships and joint ventures."

Management topics, such as finance, cost-management, human resources and safety, are being added to the educational programming at this year’s conference. The event is limited to 500 delegates, therefore organizers are advising all delegates and exhibitors to register as early as possible. Registration information is available at www.iaom-mea.com.

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