USSEC to Organize 12th Southeast Asia U.S. Agriculture Cooperators Conference
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USSEC, together with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Foreign Agricultural Service ‐ United States Department of Agriculture (FAS‐USDA), will organize the 12th Southeast Asia U.S. Agriculture Cooperators Conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia from August 25-28. This year’s conference theme is “Opportunities for an Industry in Transition,” and it will highlight the changes and challenges faced by agribusinesses today. Economic and population growth, as well as growing affluence in the region, continues to fuel demand for agricultural imports, and the proliferation of trade agreements in the last 15 years has had a major impact on international trade and investment.
Speakers from the U.S. Soy family include USSEC CEO Jim Sutter; past United Soybean Board (USB) chairman and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council director Jim Call; USSEC vice chairman and American Soybean Association (ASA) director Jim Miller; USSEC consultant and economist John Baize; USSEC Country Director - India Vijay Anand; USSEC consultant Jan van Eys; and USSEC Southeast Asia Technical Director – Aquaculture Lukas Manomaitis.
The event offers a mix of social and networking activities as participants learn about how production and supply chains will make adjustments to meet a new market environment caused by record supplies, the coming together of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic community by the end of this year, and a lackluster Chinese economy. According to USSEC Regional Director – Southeast Asia Timothy Loh, 18 U.S. and international grain exporters and 50 leading importers of soybeans, soybean meal, corn and dried distiller’s grain with solubles (DDGs) will be in attendance, representing an estimated soy buying volume of 3.7 million metric tons (MMT) of soybeans and 7.4 MMT of soybean meal. 13 nationalities, including speakers, will be in attendance with the final estimated number of participants at 170.