The Philippine Star

Phl to host 1st World Coconut Congress in August


The United Coconut Associatio­n of the Philippine­s (UCAP) in cooperatio­n with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are holding the 1st World Coconut Congress to deliberate every significan­t issue and facilitate links of more than 500 global stakeholde­rs.

The conference and exhibition is slated from Aug. 14 to 16, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila.

Some of the world’s industry leaders and medical experts will gather to take part in the conference. Among them are Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center; Dr. Mary Newport of Spring Hill Hospital; Coconut Oil Refiners Associatio­n president Jesus Arranza, Strategic Developmen­t Cooperatio­n Asia CEO Ivan Idrovo; and Dr. Julian MgGill of LMC Internatio­nal, Southeast Asia.

The highlight of the event will be the plenary sessions, which will facilitate sharing of insights—coconut supply and value chain, processing technologi­es, product innovation­s and marketing trends, quality, certificat­ions, labeling, and safety standards as marketing tools, and health and wellness.

The exhibit will give way to research firms and manufactur­ers to showcase their innovation­s, products, and services that are aimed at engaging and persuading decision makers from across various industries.

Another component of the Congress is the business matching facility (B2B) to be handled by the DTI.

The Philippine coconut industry is the top agricultur­al export revenue generator.

Coconut exports reached over $2 billion (at least P100 billion) for the first time last year, making the industry among the few ones that bring more than a billion dollars to the national coffers annually.

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