Ministers from Spain, Morocco and Tunisia confirm their attendance at the OOWC

Abdelmonem Belati, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia, and Mohamed Sadiki, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forestry of Morocco have confirmed their attendance at the opening of the OOWC 
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The Olive Oil World Congress (OOWC), which will be held from 26 to 28 June at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, will bring together the main players in the olive oil and olive grove sector worldwide, with the aim of promoting the exchange of knowledge and the generation of new commercial relations. 

With just a few days to go before the event, organisational details are already being finalised and it has been confirmed that the inauguration will be attended by Abdelmonem Belati, Tunisia's Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, and Mohamed Sadiki, Morocco's Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forestry. Their participation demonstrates the interest of these countries in the search for technological solutions to the new challenges currently facing olive growing in the Mediterranean. An invitation to participate has also been extended to the councillors of Spain's main olive-growing communities. 

Raúl Compés, director of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in Zaragoza, and Francisco Javier Moreno, vice-president of International Relations at the CSIC, will also be present. In addition, Jaime Lillo, Executive Director of the International Olive Oil Council (IOC), will be present as a keynote speaker, in charge of opening the OOWC with his speech. 

Luis Planas Puchades, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Spanish Government, is expected to close this international event.  

These leaders will share their experience in implementing policies to develop the sector in a context of change, both in the production phase and in the current market situation. The meeting will also be attended by world operators in the olive oil and olive grove sector, such as Gennaro Sicolo, President of the Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA), and Abdessalem Loued, President of the IOC Advisory Committee. 

The whole industry expects the OOWC to boost collaboration between different producing countries and their operators in the sector, fostering innovation and technology. During the congress, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in academic and commercial sessions, as well as networking activities, where they will be able to learn about the latest trends and developments in the industry. 

Under the slogan ‘Taste it, enjoy, It's olive oil’, the OOWC is organised in collaboration with AgroBank, MSC, CIA-Agricoltori Italiani, John Deere, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food through its #alimentosdEspaña strategy, Aceites de Oliva de España and the Junta de Andalucía through its brand ‘Gusto del Sur’, Filiera Oleicola Olearia Italiana, as Platinum sponsors; Grupo Interóleo, Büttner, Yara International, GEA, AGQ Labs and Balam Agriculture as Gold sponsors; the company Kubota, Hispatec, Todolivo and SGS as Silver sponsors; Agrocolor as other sponsors. Agrotec, Voz do Campo, Puglia Live, Grupo Joly and Oleo are the Media Partners of the OOWC. 

Participation in the OOWC will not only offer a unique platform for learning and innovation, but also an invaluable opportunity to establish direct contacts with relevant professionals in the sector. Sponsors and attendees will enjoy high visibility during the olive oil sector's most important event, which will help to strengthen their networks and expand their business opportunities. 

Anyone interested in taking part in this project can obtain information from the OOWC Technical Secretariat by calling 917 217 929 or by sending an email to [email protected]