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Black Sea Forum

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

8:00am Registration desk opens

9:00am- 9:15am: Welcome Remarks

9:15am- 9:45am: Presentation: The Crop In Numbers

Andrey Sisov, Managing Director, SovEcon


9:45am- 10:30am: Outlook on the Region: Looking at this year’s crop

  • An analysis of the reduction in crop this year. Can anything be done to mitigate it next year?
  • A look at cropping choices and variable costs against price
  • Do small trading house lose their ability to compete at a higher price for Black Sea wheat?

Andrey Sisov, Managing Director, SovEcon

Nikolay Gorbachov, President, Ukrainian Grain Association

Simon Cherniavsky, CEO, Myriya Agroholding


10:30am – 11:15am: Networking Coffee Break


11:15am- 11:45am: Presentation: Coastal Freights in the Baltic, Black Sea and Mediterranean: Mitigating the Impact of Port Congestion


11:45am- 12:45pm: The Future of Trading in the Region: What is next?

  • Swaps and Futures: A look at the new CME black sea contract
  • Cryptocurrency: Is it a one off deal or the new normal?
  • How is the growing use of blockchain going influence change in the region? Will it have any impact?

Ivan Cherevko, Managing Director, Cardiff Trading


12:45pm- 2:00pm: Networking Lunch Break


2:00pm- 2:30pm: Presentation: 2018 Wheat Crop Quality Results

Irina Sarycheva, Customer Care and Technical Governance Manager, Russia, SGS Group Management SA


2:30pm- 3:30pm: Infrastructure & Logistics Challenges In the Region

  • A look at internal logistics, silo capacity, storage security
  • Evaluating the risks of port congestion and how to improve the domestic grain movement
  • How is the use of blockchain impacting logistics in the region?

Moderator: Svetlana Maylsh, Black Sea Agriculture Markets Analyst, Thomson Reuters:

Petar Dimitrov, Founder and Director, Agricore Bulgaria


3:30pm – 4:00pm: Networking Coffee Break


4:00pm – 5:00pm: Roundtables: A closer look at: production, consumption, storage-logistics and ports for each micro-region.

Black Sea

(Russia & Ukraine) 


(Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia)

Central Asia

(Kazakhstan, Turkey)

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