abidjan-300x169Omnibus missions are back, focused on one hand on the new outlet markets for Italian exports
of fruit and vegetables and in the other hand on the potential supplier countries, particularly in tropical products and variety of vegetables and fruits available in periods of absence or scarcity of product of Italian origin. The season of the missions in 2017, oriented on Sub-Saharan Africa, Scandinavia and India, opens in early April with a focus on two West African countries: Senegal and Ivory Coast.
The first mission in 2017 has a departure scheduled for Monday afternoon, 3 April with return in the afternoon of Saturday 8 April. Arriving to destination in the same April 3: Dakar, where all Tuesday, April 4 will include meetings and visits to importers and as well a visit to the National Association of exporters and importers of fruit and vegetables from Senegal. Wednesday 5 and the morning of Thursday 6 visits to manufacturing companies and warehouses outside Dakar are scheduled. Air transfer in the afternoon to Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast, where the same evening of Thursday a business dinner with importers and Ivorians exporters will take place. For Friday 7 it is scheduled an intense day of sightseeing and meetings outside Abidjan.

Senegal has become a major hub of the fruit and vegetable trade in West Africa, with trade with other French-speaking countries of the area and with Nigeria. Interesting is that it is one of the few countries in Africa, south of the Sahara, to purchase and enjoy the yellow apples such as Golden Delicious; It is also a kiwi importer with a good potential. Trade with Italy can grow wide. On the other hand, Senegal produces and exports mango (over 10 thousand tons shipped in Europe in 2016 on a production of 250 thousand), avocado, pineapple, vegetables and is home to important agricultural cooperative initiatives with Italy (known is the case of the Senegalese production of melons for the company Francescon). Ivory Coast boast a great tradition for pineapple, a product (in the past only in French hands) that today, after a period of crisis, is recovering. The country also produces mango, avocado and vegetables and has formed a restricted class of highly experienced professional importers and exporters.

From Monday, March 13 detailed information on the mission will be available to interested Italian companies.