The central axis of the XVI International Banana Convention 2019, held in Guayaquil, is sustainability as the basis of the banana production chain. The president of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), Fabricio Espinosa, stated in his inauguration speech on Monday night, September 30, 2019, that three out of every 10 bananas that are exported on the planet come from Ecuador.
Espinosa spoke about the sector's need to unite to create public policy proposals, and that the banana cluster, a group of producers and exporters, would be presenting the joint strategy they have been working on in the coming weeks. The banana cluster, which is made up of AEBE, Agroban, and Acorbanec, and has the support of the academy and private banks, will serve to have a single voice to face the challenges posed by a greater market and regulations.
15 international buyers and 59 exporting companies will participate in B2B meetings in the III Business Table at this year's International Banana Convention. "The goal is to reach agreements for 70 million dollars, exceeding the figure of 2018," said Ivan Ontaneda, the Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment, and Fisheries.
The Banana Convention, which will last three days, includes a cycle of conferences, a multi-sectoral fair, and a business conference.
Nearly 30 national and international exhibitors will address issues such as the benefits of free trade agreements, the effects of trade wars, and the sustainability of the banana sector in Ecuador.
The prevention of Fusarium Race 4 will also be part of the keynote talks. The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Xavier Lazo, said the vulnerability map by provinces was ready. "We will be able to detect the weak points within the productive chain in the implementation of biosecurity measures against the fungus," he said.