EAGC Launches Enhanced RATIN at 6th Annual General Meeting
The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) held their 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Arusha, Tanzania on Friday April 20th, 2011. This meeting was an important milestone for the association as this was the first AGM under the new EAGC Board leadership. The new EAGC management team showed a keen understanding of the association’s vision and mission during the meeting and a firm grasp of the EAGC technical program. The transition from the founding Board Chairman and directors to the new management team (including a new Chairman of the Board) has been seamless and indicates continued institutional growth of the association. COMPETE has worked with the EAGC throughout this process and continues to provide direct technical assistance and grant support to the EAGC to improve the association’s institutional capacity.
As part of the pre-AGM program, The EAGC officially launched the newly enhanced RATIN web site www.RATIN.net and presented the new features to the membership in attendance for the AGM. The new RATIN was unveiled by the Deputy Secretary General of EAC, Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva along with the Chairman of EAGC Board, Mr. Judah arap Bett during a brief ceremony attended by the local press.
COMPETE has been working closely with the EAGC over the past few months to complete the redesign of the RATIN site in time for the AGM launching. A key component of the redesigned RATIN include an improved market and price information capture system using a newly developed smart-phone market price data collection application. This application provides market and border monitors with a simple tool to provide more timely market information to the RATIN team in Nairobi. More timely price and market information has been identified as a key request of the EAGC membership. RATIN is now fully linked to the ACE commodity exchange in Malawi and the SAFEX exchange in South Africa. The new RATIN also includes a direct link to the new Regional Food Balance Sheet (RFBS) portal and EAGC has been designated by the EAC as the coordinator of private sector input to the RFBS. COMPETE is also providing support to the EAC to develop the portal and ensure full participation by the public sector ministries, private sector players and relief agencies.