The Multisector platform will be opened by the Malawi Minister for Trade and Industry Mark KatsongaPhiri .
Other Key speakers will include the Executive Director of TrustAfrica, Dr Ebrima SALL, EATTA chairman, Mr Arthur D. Sewe, EATTA Managing Director, Mr Edward K. Mudibo, and Solidaridad Southern Africa Head of Programmes, Mr Humphrey Khumalo.
The initial outcomes of the countries Multi stakeholder platform/ Policy engagements in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique and Malawi emphasized the need for coordinated efforts in addressing bottlenecks in market access, influencing creation of a conducive policy and regulatory environment and creation of a community of practice for cross learning and sharing of knowledge amongst actors within the value chain at regional level.
“It is against this conceptualization in the RECLAIM Sustainability programme and in collaboration with East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) and Tea Association of Malawi Limited (TAML) that the first ever regional MSP will be held in Malawi,” said TrustAfrica executive director, Dr Ebrima Sall
The Multisector platform aims to achieve three objectives namely, to share key Tea industry updates in relation to Trade, Standards and Accreditation, to strengthen coordination amongst tea industry players in Africa, to amplify voices of smallholder producers, workers and rural women and to develop key joint actions to be championed at regional level.