Sudan to host World Gum Arabic Conference in October

July 23, 2019 Off By Web Desk

Khartoum Preparations and arrangements are currently underway for holding the World Gum Arabic Conference in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in October under the auspices of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

As the world’s largest producer of gum arabic, Sudan will present during the conference the future prospects for this commodity whose revenues exceeded USD109 million in 2018 for the country. Sudan plans to build a strategic stockpile of this natural plant-derived gum estimated at 25,000 tons per year.

The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition, which will feature participation from regional and international companies working in the field of gum arabic.

Sudan is counting on the conference to become a regional center for the trade and research of gum Arabic in Africa, especial that UNCTAD believes that Sudan can provide the needs of the member countries of the Organization for Trade and Development of gum, with the launch of the Sudanese project to establish the first reference laboratory for gum arabic early next year.

The United States imports 18 percent of Sudan’s total gum arabic production, nearly USD9.56 million a year, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2016.

Gum arabic, of which Sudan produces 85 percent of the world’s total production, is very useful in several industries, especially in food products. Western European countries are a traditional market for gum arabic, while PepsiCo and Coca-Cola are the largest recipients of Sudan’s gum arabic exports.

Source: International Islamic News Agency