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  Second International Seed Trade Conference

                       19-21 November 2007
                            Cairo, Egypt

Under the Umbrella of:         Organized and Hosted by:

 National Seed Council            Egyptian Seed Association
       (NSC)                                (ESAS)

In cooperation with:
Invitation to Attend
The National Seed Council and The Egyptian Seed Association (ESAS) on behalf of the Egyptian Seed
Industry, in cooperation with the Turkish Seed Industry Association and the International Center
for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) are pleased to announce that the Second
International Seed Trade Conference in CWANA Region will be held from 19-21 November 2007 at
the Historical Palace of Mena House Oberoi, Cairo, Egypt. Over looking the Pyramids, The conference
will cover a broad range of issues of interest to those in seed trade and the global seed industry. It
will provide an opportunity to promote your business at an international level and keep abreast with
the developments in the industry.

The conference is Organized and hosted by the Egyptian Seed Association (ESAS), held under the
umbrella of the National Seed Council and by the public (Central Administration for Seed Production
and Central Administration for Seed Certification and Testing) and private seed companies
represented by National Seed Trade Associations (Egyptian Seed Association (ESAS), Egyptian Seed
Industry Association, Egyptian Seed and Pesticide Traders Association) and Sponsored by Pioneer
Seed Company – Egypt.

On behalf of the Seed Industry in Egypt, we cordially invite you to attend the Second International
Seed Trade Conference in CWANA, The Conference will address issues of Seed Trade at both global
and regional levels and current trends in the seed industry and aims at exploring and promoting seed

We are glad to be your host in Egypt.

With best Regards,

Dr. Fawzy Naem                                   Dr. Samir El-Naggar
Chairman – The National Seed Council             Chairman, The Egyptian Seed Association (ESAS)
Cairo, Egypt
                                        Cairo is the jewel of the orient and the melting pot of
                                        ancient and modern Egyptian civilizations. It is the oldest
                                        and largest city in the Middle East and lies at the centre of
                                        all routes leading to, and from the three continents: Africa,
                                        Asia, and Europe. Greater Cairo extends on the banks of the
                                        River Nile to the south of its delta and the city where past
                                        and present meets. In the eastern side stands the evidence
of 6000 years of great cultures still flourishing to this day whereas on its western side lies the
ancient Egyptian city of Memphis (Giza), the renowned capital of the Old Kingdom and the site of the
Pyramids, the only surviving Seven Wonders of the World. Indeed, a journey through Cairo is a
journey through time--a journey through the history of an immortal civilization.

Travel to Egypt
Throughout long history of Egypt, there has always been a creative interaction and concordance
between the land and the people. This was exemplified in the emergence of the most time-honored
civilization known by humanity. People think of Egypt in terms of antiquities, but it is certainly a
prime location to see great heritage from the ancient world, including Pyramids and wonderful
temples. Yet Egypt also offers nature and desert treks, great scuba diving, golf, fishing and birding
expeditions. Relax on the wondrous Egypt Red Sea or Sinai coasts, high culture of Cairo, or leisurely
float down the River Nile on a luxurious boat. For information on travel and visa requirements, please
check the website of the Ministry of Tourism (http://www. or
( are several flights connecting Cairo with the rest of the

The Venue - Main Conference Hotel
The conference will be held at Mena House Oberoi hotel in Cairo. Surrounded by 40 acres of scented
gardens, the historic palace hotel is only 700 m from the towering Pyramid of Cheops. Mena House
Oberoi is located in the, Giza district of Cairo, the capital of Egypt; and 15 and 35 kilometers from
the city center and the airport, respectively. For more information on the hotel, please visit the
website at: http://www. For more information on Cairo city, visit some of the links
Other Accomodation Options
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino is located in the heart of Cairo with an exotic garden
setting built around a 19th century palace on an island in the Nile River in downtown Cairo, and 15
minutes away from Giza pyramids, the Egyptian museum is just 5 minutes away. The Cairo Marriott is
surrounded by the sights and sounds that makes Cairo the most popular destination in the Middle
East for both business and leisure travellers and is a perfect base for exploring historic Cairo. The
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Casino is an oasis of peace, a perfect place to unwind, to conduct business and
to receive royal Marriott service in an exquisite palatial setting in the Historical City of Cairo.

The Conference
The Second International Seed Conference is aimed at exploring and promoting seed trade within the
CWANA region and beyond. The Conference will provide a forum to promote regional seed trade
among seed companies within and outside the region and to share experiences among stakeholders of
the seed industry. Conference participants will come from the private sector (seed companies,
agricultural input suppliers, seed equipment manufacturers), public sector, international/
regional/national seed trade associations and international/regional development organizations
working on seeds.

While the main focus of the conference will be on seed trade, the conference program include s key
presentations covering policy, regulatory, institutional and technical issues affecting the seed
industry development at global, regional and national levels.

Topics include:
 Status and prospects in global and regional seed trade
 Protection of intellectual property rights
 GMOs and biosafety in seed trade
 Biofuels and impacts on seed and grain trade
 Status and role of private seed sector in selected CWANA countries
 Accreditation in seed quality assurance
 Harmonization of seed regulatory frameworks
Exhibition and Trading Rooms
A booth (2.4 m x 1.5 m, with one table and two chairs) will be available for companies (seed companies,
seed equipment manufacturers, agricultural input providers, agricultural machinery manufacturers,
etc) who wish to exhibit their products. The fee is L.E. 2,500 for Egyptian and USD$ 600 for non-
Egyptian companies for two days including registration for one person to attend the conference.
Additional area can be rented at L.E. 500 for each sq m.

Trading tables available for business dealings at the price of 200 USD$ for Non-Egyptian and 500
L.E. for Egyptians for two days (Round table with 6 Chairs)

Want to treat your partners? Private Dinners, events and meeting facilities could also be organized
on your behalf by the organizing body.

For more information, please contact the conference secretariat.

Pharonic Gala Dinner and Show (A Banquet in the blessed land of Kemet)
Would you like to experience Dinner the pharonic way? Indulge yourself in a breath taking experience
of oriental food, in an ancient ambient, with live shows and Pharonic dances.
The Splendors of ancient Egypt come to life as we visit the Pharaohs of days gone by in the elegant
setting of Egyptian wonders.

As you enter the hall foyer, Pharaoh in person hands you the symbol of his permission to enter the
land of Gods and offers his blessings to your journey.

You shall witness a make up of the stupendous pyramid of Giza that have reigned over the awesome
plateau for centeries, the ancient guards shall welcome you to to enter the pyramid to travel back
through ancient Egypt.

The golden key of life permits your entry through a magnificent corridor to the treasure room of the
young king Tut Ank Amon.As you step in, your eyes witness the scene that met Carter when he first
came across the stupendous treasure hidden for centuries in the preserving sand of the south.

Another corridor leads you out of the treasure chamber and onto the floor of the breath taking area
where your Banquet is set.

On the walls around you, scenes from every day life are depicted in the true spirit of the images in
the royal palaces of the era.

Your tables sport the finest Egyptian linen in black and gold.

Residing in court, the representational figures of great king Ramses himself, majestically overlooks
the hall adding to the grandeur of the columns and other objects from the old kingdom.

The ceiling of the hall is covered with massive stars hanging down remind you that your evening is well
looked after by Nut who holds up the sky for you to enjoy the most memorable evening
Conference Website and Registration
For more information on the conference, please visit the official conference website at: (Arabic and English)
Or other portals:
ICARDA: (English)
National Seed Council: (Arabic & English)

International Organizing Committee
The International Organization Committee of the conference is composed of:
1. Fawzi Mahrous, Chairman, National Seed Council, Cairo, Egypt
2. Zewdie Bishaw, Head, Seed Unit, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry
   Areas, Aleppo, Syria
3. Bernard Le Buanec, Secretary General, International Seed Federation, Nyon, Switzerland
4. Sampan Campiranon, Director, Asia Pacific Seed Association, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Rolf Jördens, Vice Secretary General, International Union for Protection of New Plant Varieties,
   Geneva, Switzerland
6. Arturo Martinez, Chief, Seed and Pant Genetic Services, FAO, Rome, Italy
7. Michael Muschick, Secretary General, International Seed Testing Association, Bassersdorf,
8. Ayhan Elçi, Secretary General, Turkish Seed Industry Association, Ankara, Turkey
9. A.J. G. van Gastel, Harspit 10,8493KB, Terherne, The Netherlands

National Organizing Committee
The National Organizing Committee of the conference comprises
   1- the Egyptian Seed Association (ESAS) as the organizing body,
   2- National Seed Council of Egypt
   3- the Seed Unit of ICARDA.

For more information on the above institutions, please visit the website:
The Egyptian Seed Association (ESAS) (
National Seed Council (
The Seed Unit of ICARDA (
Conference Secretariat
For any further information, please contact:
Conference Secretariat,
Dr (Miss) Sarah Yehia
General Manager, The Egyptian Seed Association (ESAS)
35, Gamet El Dowal El Arabeya Street, Mohandessen, Cairo - Egypt
Tel and Fax: +20-2-37484018
ISTC 2007 Conference Program
Sunday 18 N ove mbe r 2007
07:30 PM         Pharonic Gala Dinner at Mena House Oberoi (Optional)

Monday 19 N o vemb er 200 7
08:00 – 08:30    Registration
08:30 – 09:00    Inauguration of the conference
09:00 – 10:00            Opening Sta tement ESAS                               Dr. Sa mir El Naggar
                         Opening statement NSC                                 Dr. Fawzy Naeim
                         Opening statement ICARDA                              Dr. Zeuidi Bishaw
                         Official Opening MALR                                 MALR representa tive
10.00 – 11.00    Opening of Seed Trade Stands
11:00 – 11:30      Coffee Break
Session 1: Promoting Seed Trade (11:30 – 13:30)
11:30 –12:00     Status and Prospects of Global Seed Trade                     ISF representati ve
12:00 – 12:30     Opportuni ties for Seed Trade in APSA Region                 AFST& APSA representa ti ve
12:30 – 13:00     Opportunities for Seed Trade in CWANA Region                 Eng. M.S. A. Wanis

13:00 – 13:30     Opportunities for Seed Trade in Egypt                        Mr. Ayman Karara
13:30 – 15:00       Lunch Break
Session 2: Trends in Seed Industry (15:00 – 17:30)
15:00 – 15:30     Protection of Intellectual Property Rights                   T. B. C
15:30 – 16:00     GMO's & Biosafety in Seed Trade                              General Secretary of ISF
16:00 – 16:30                Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:35     Biofuels and Impacts on Seed and Grain Trade                 Eng. Ahmed Kamel (pioneer)
Tuesda y 20 N ove mbe r 2007
Session 3: Status of Private Seed Industry (09.30 – 13.30)
09:30 – 10:00     Status and Role of Private Seed Sector in Egypt              Dr. Fawzy Naeim
10:00 - .10:30    Status and Role of Private Seed Sector in Morocco            Morocco representa tive
10:30 – 11:00     Status and Role of Private Seed Sector in Pakistan           Pakistan representa tive
11:00 – 11:30     Sta tus and Role of Priva te Seed Sec tor in Turkey          Turkey representa ti ve
11.30 – 12.00                  Coffee Break
12:00 – 13.30     Lessons Learnt on Priva tiza tion of Seed Sec tor in Egypt   Dr. Saad Nassar
13.30 – 15.00 Lunch Break
Session 4 Panel discussion (15.00 – 17.00)
                  Accreditation in seed quality assurance                      ISTA representa tive
                  Harmonization of seed regulatory frameworks                  T.B.C.
                  Regional CWANA Seed Association                              Zeudi Bishaw ICARDA Representa tive
07:30             Dinner on Nile Cruise (Optional)
W ednesda y 21 N ove mbe r 2007
09.00 – 13.00     Visit to private seed production, processing & marketing facility         (Optional)
15:00 – 20:00     Tourist Tours (Optional)
ISTC2007 Registration and Hotel Reservation Form, Cairo, Egypt
Please fill out this form and post, fax or e-mail to the Conference Secretariat

(Mr, Mrs, Ms, Dr) Surname:______________________________________________________

First Name __________________________________________________________________

Position: ____________________________Company/Organization: _______________________

Full address: _________________________________________________________________



City: _________________________Country: ________________________________________

Office Tel: _______________________Office Fax: __________________________________

Email: ______________________________________________________________________

Accompanying spouse (Name): _______________________________________________

Conference Registration (to be paid in full with registration)
Please tick ( √ ) where appropriate
Dead Line for Registration: 15 October 2007

Registration               Delegates            Accompanying person

Early registration (until 15 July 2007)
Egyptian nationals                    L.E. 500 ( )             L.E. 350 ( )
Foreign nationals                     US $ 250 ( )             US $ 150 ( )

Registration (after 15 July 2007)
Egyptian nationals                    LE 500  ()               L.E. 350 ( )
Foreign nationals                     US$ 300 ( )              US $ 200 ( )

Late registration (after 15 September 2007)
Egyptian nationals                    LE 600  ()               L.E. 400 ( )
Foreign nationals                     US$ 400 ( )              US $ 250 ( )

Registration fee includes: (i) Coffee/tea breaks, (ii) Lunches (19-20 November), and one copy of the
conference proceedings per delegate.

Exhibition fees
Egyptian companies              L.E 2,500    ()
Non-Egyptian companies          USD$ 600     ()

Trading Tables
Egyptian companies              L.E 500  ()
Non-Egyptian companies          USD$ 200 ( )

Visit to private seed production, processing and marketing facility (Free) ( )

Advertisement in Proceedings Book
Space (Full Colors)                         1 Page                     ½ Page
Egyptian companies                        L.E 1000    ()               L.E. 600 ( )
Foreign companies                         USD$ 400    ()               USD$ 250 ( )

Pharonic Gala Dinner and Show
Egyptian nationals            L.E 350        ()
Foreign nationals             USD$ 150       ()

Nile Cruise
Egyptian nationals              L.E 250      ()
Foreign nationals               USD$ 80      ()

Tour of Old Cairo               USD$ 100     ()

Visit to Pyramids and Citadel   USD$ 100     ()

Special Events, Private Dinners, Meeting Rooms and Facilities (Upon Request)
(Please contact the conference secretariat)                            ()

Other Tours of Egypt (Alexandria, Hurgada, Sharm El Shiekh) (Upon Request)
(Please contact the conference secretariat)                        ()
Accommodation (to be paid in full with registration)

Main Conference Hotel - Mena House Oberoy (5 Stars)
Single Standard Room (B & B) per night                       130 USD$
Double Standard Room (B & B) per night                       150 USD$

Main Conference Hotel - Mena House Oberoy (5 Stars Deluxe)
Single Standard Room (B & B) per night                       170 USD$
Double Standard Room (B & B) per night                       190 USD$

Other Hotels can be booked for special preferences.

* All Hotel Booking is subject to hotel availability at the time of reservation.

Booking Requirements
Single ( ) Double ( )

Arrival date:___/___/___ Departure date___/___/___ No. of Nights______

Do you need Limousine Pickup from the Airport to your hotel and back? (50 USD$)
Yes ( )      No ( )

If yes, please provide us with your flight details:
Arrival:       Airline __________ Flight Number _______      Arrival Time in Cairo _______
Departure: Airline __________ Flight Number _______          Departure Time from Cairo _______

Method of Payment and cancellation policy

Payments can be made by bank transfer, payable in net USD (excluding bank charges) in favor of
Egyptian Seed Association. A full registration/exhibition fee and hotel rooms should be paid upon
registration along with any other Extra Activities.

Registration Forms Should be filled on line or hard copy and faxed to the secretariat. Copy of the
bank transfer order should be faxed to the secretariat for follow up. Registration orders are
processed after receipt of payment.

Cancellations should be sent in writing to Conference Secretariat. Refund of registration/exhibition
fees will only be made if the request reaches the Conference Secretariat before 30 August 2007.
Refund amount will depend on the cancellation date, as follows:

Date                                                                Refund Amount
Cancellation before 30 August 2007                                  50%
Cancellation after 30 August 2007                                   0%
Bank transfers in USD: Payments be made by bank transfers, payable in net USD to:
Beneficiary: Egyptian Seed Association
Bank: Al Watany Bank of Egypt – Mohandessen Branch
Address: 13, Al Themar Street, Off Gamet El Dowal El Arabeya
Account number: 500294 02                     Swift Address: WABAEGCXMOH
Tel: +2 02 33388816                           Fax: +2 02 33362763
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