THE BASALT CONFERENCE
The average fertilizer consumption in Africa is 10 kg / ha which corresponds to 10% of the world average, almost 20 times less than the Asian average (191 kg / ha) and 9 times less than the Latin American average ( 94 kg / ha). The poor use of fertilizers in Africa is mainly due to two factors: the high price of fertilizers given the low purchasing power of farmers and the lack of alternatives available to producers and farmers.
1. Over the past few decades, relevant applied research centers, universities and governments have focused on finding alternatives to traditional chemical fertilizers, both to increase agricultural profitability and the quality of food produced and the protection of the environment. The application of rock powder in agriculture has proven to be a suitable solution for agriculture to meet the challenges facing contemporary society, both in the present and in the future.
Agrominerals in agriculture (basalt powder), the subject of the International Conference, proved capable of having a great impact, particularly in six dimensions:
In the profitability of agricultural production; environmental protection and human health;
In the quality of the food produced;
In the availability of fertilizers for the majority of micro, small and medium agricultural producers, particularly in Africa, given the importance of agriculture in the development of the continent;
Of capital importance for Cape Verde, which could enhance one of its most important natural resources (basalt rocks) and strengthen the regional integration of the Cape Verdean economy;
Foster, develop and consolidate scientific and technological relations between Cape Verde and countries with accumulated experience and knowledge in the research and use of agro-minerals in agriculture;
To promote the development of the innovative industrial chain based on basalt fiber, which is increasingly used in a wide field of applications, in particular in the manufacture of pressure units, cylinders, profiles, parts for cars, wind turbine blades, in concrete reinforcement, in fireproof textile materials, in the automotive industry, in maritime industry, in the military industry, in the aerospace industry and in many other sectors.
THE ATLANTIC BUSINESS FORUM
2. In parallel with this International Conference, from February 23 to 26, 2023, a Business Forum will be held, entitled ATLANTIC BUSINESS FORUM, under the slogan: «Cape Verde - a link with markets of excellence», which aims to bring together companies, industries, investors, financiers, importers, exporters, economic operators in general, from all sectors and from all origins, as well as institutions that are bastions of development, focused on high-potential markets and opportunities, as is the case with ECOWAS, the European Union, Brazil and the United States of America.
The ATLANTIC BUSINESS FORUM has 5 objectives:
Energizing intra-regional trade in the ECOWAS region, establish and energize a business network between Cape Verdean companies and entrepreneurs, involving partners from economic blocks with which Cape Verde maintains excellent relations, such as ECOWAS, the European Union and the United States from America;
Identify and strengthen the mechanisms for promoting economic and trade relations within the framework of the preference systems from which Cape Verde benefits, namely AGOA; SLEC/ECOWAS; EU/GSP+;
Establish and promote a business network involving companies and entrepreneurs from Cape Verde, Brazil and partners in different ECOWAS countries;
Present, enhance and project a vision of all the Markets in relation to which Cape Verde is a Link of Excellence, namely the markets of ECOWAS, the European Union (EU/GSP+); the United States of America (AGOA) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA);
Establish and energize a business and investment network involving companies and investors from the economic blocks with which Cape Verde has strong relations, such as the cases of ECOWAS, EU/GSP+, Brazil and of AGOA.
The BASALT CONFERENCE and ATLANTIC BUSINESS FORUM will necessarily result in cooperation between the scientific and technological sector and the productive sector and, consequently, in the transfer of technology and knowledge from the first to the second, with high benefits for society in general.