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Government to host African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture: 13-14 Sep

08 September 2011

8 September 2011

Members of the media are invited to the two-day African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture organised by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson,  with the support of the African Union (AU), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Bank, at the Westcliff Hotel in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, on 13-14 September 2011.

Date: 13-14 September 2011
Time: 9.30am
Venue: Westcliff Hotel, Saxonwold, Johannesburg

The purpose of the Conference is to share experiences and to develop a common understanding among African Ministers of Agriculture on Climate-Smart Agriculture, and to raise awareness around issues relevant to climate change in preparation for the upcoming COP 17 to be hosted by South Africa in Durban in December this year.

NB: The Minister of DIRCO, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will deliver the keynote address at the opening of the Climate-Smart Conference. There will be panel discussions with experts in various fields for the two-day duration of the Conference.

For accreditation purposes, kindly send your name, ID/Passport number, media house and contact details for RSVP to:
Takalani Mashamba
Cell: 078 252 3722

Note: Media programme for African Ministerial Conference on Climate - Smart Agriculture

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
 Westcliff  Hotel, Johannesburg

08h30: Arrival of media at the Conference Centre
09h00: Arrival of Ministers at the conference centre
09h30-11h00: Opening Ceremony (Media in attendance)
11h00-11h30: Coffee Break
11h30-13h00: Panel Discussion: Framing the issues- challenges and Opportunities for Climate- Smart Agriculture (Media in attendance)
13h00-15h00: Lunch
15h00-18h00: Closed Session (No media in attendance)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

09h00-11h00: Closed session (No media attendance)
11h00-11h30: Coffee Break
11h30-12h30: Closed session (No media in attendance)
12h30-14h00: Lunch
14h00-14h30: Ministerial Dialogue
14h30: Media are conducted to the media briefing room/conference centre
14h30-15h00: Reading of the Communiqué (Media in attendance)
16h30-17h00: Closing Ceremony  (Media in attendance)

Selby Bokaba
Cell: 082 778 0245

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)

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