ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia will host the 2nd Apimondia International Symposium in Africa at the end of this month, according to Ethiopian Apiculture Board (EAB).

Apimondia is the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, an international organization which holds biennial international apiculture congresses, national symposiums and other regional events on current and emerging issues of the apiculture industry.

The symposium, organized by the Ethiopian Apiculture Board in collaboration with the Apimondia Scientific Commission for Bee Economics and Beekeeping for Rural Development, will take place from Nov 30 to Dec 4 to promote the country’s beekeeping potential to the rest of the world.

EAB General Manager Negash Bekena said here Monday that the symposium would showcase and promote the marketing of the untapped apiculture potential of the country to world apiculture communities and also to sensitize local development players through raising their awareness on the huge apiculture potential of the country.

He noted that hosting such important international events would help promote experience and knowledge-sharing and supports to address critical gaps in utilizing the potential and role of beekeeping.

According to Negash, the event could be an important instrument for facilitating co-operation for value chain promotion, especially as Ethiopia gears itself for transforming into a green, inclusive and carbon-free economy.

Senior policy makers, scientists, researchers, practitioners from national and regional governments, representatives from donor and bilateral agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), beekeeping producer groups and private companies will participate in the symposium.

Ethiopia has about 10 million honeybee colonies and some 1.8 million people engaged in smallholder level beekeeping and other related activities.