October 22-26, 2018
Sofitel Hotel Ivoire , Abidjan
200 expected

AKWABA to you all

The Goverment and the rubber sector of Cote d’Ivoire are pleased and honored to welcome eminent personalities from the word natural rubber communities lead by IRRDB and his partners: producers, researchers and developers; This is the second time in Cote d’Ivoire and Africa have the privilege to host IRRDB meeting after 1976. We wish a pleasant and fruitful stay in abidjan. We are happy to share a hospitality of the country. Undoubtedly, the promotion of the rubber indstry will benefit greatly  from this international event.

Welcome or AKWABA ( In one of the local languages) to you all


Eugene Kremien

Prepare Your Travel

Côte d’Ivoire, on the West Coast of Africa, the leader of the continent natural rubber industry, will host the 2018 IRRDB International Rubber Conference (22nd & 23rd October), followed by a full day field visit (24th October). The Meeting of the IRRDB Committee of Directors will be held on the 25th followed by the Meeting of the Board on the 26th. The Sofitel Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan will be the venue. This year, the NR community will reflect and share experiences and insights on the theme “Natural Rubber Industry: An Asset for socio-economic development and the preservation of the environment”.
Directors, CEOs, researchers from IRRDB member institutes, manufacturers, policy makers, civil society and other stakeholders directly or indirectly connected to the NR industry from all member countries are invited to participate in the IRC 2018 and present papers and/or posters. You are invited to register for the IRC and the full day field visit. Registration is free of charge, compliments of the Government and the NR industry of Cote d’Ivoire.
The deadline for abstract submission is on 20 July 2018 and 15 August 2018 for full text submission (see author instructions below).
French is the official language of Côte d'Ivoire. However, except for the opening ceremony where French-English translation will be provided, the Conference will be in English.
In October the average temperature in Abidjan is around 27 °C (80 °F) with a relative humidity of 78%. Occasional rains are recorded (42% probability of rain)
Nationalities subject to entry visa can obtain it at the closest embassy or consulate of Côte d’Ivoire.
However, for the participants without a diplomatic representation of Cote d’Ivoire in their countries, visa on arrival can be facilitated on request. The fee for a short-term visa on arrival is of US$ 80 to be paid at the immigration counter.
Please note that visa on arrival is strictly subject to prior approval of the Authorities of immigration.
Upon arrival, participants will have to show to airport health authorities a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate before proceeding to immigration.
The Organizing Committee staff will meet participants on arrival and arrange their transfer from the airport to their respective hotels. In that respect, please communicate your travel itinerary to the Committee.
The official currency of Côte d'Ivoire is the CFA franc (F.CFA). The exchange rates are: 1€=655.96 F.CFA (fixed rate); 1$US=559.21 F.CFA; 1£=751.13 F.CFA (rates of $US and £ subject to fluctuation).


Day 1 October 22nd, 2018, Monday

07:00 -09:00     Registration

09:00 -10:00     Opening Ceremony

10:00 -10:30     Cocoa/Coffee/tea break

10:30 -12:00     Keynote Speeches

12:00 -12:30     Discussions

12:30 -14:30     Lunch Break

14:30 -16:00     Session

16:00 -16:30     Cocoa/Coffee/tea break

16:30 -18:00     Session Cont.

18:00                End of Day 1

Day 2 October 23rd, 2018, Tuesday

08:30 -10:30     Session

10:30 -11:00     Cocoa/Coffee/tea break

11:00 -12:30     Session Cont.

12:30 -14:00     Lunch Break

14:00 -16:00     Session Cont.

16:00 -16:30     Cocoa/Coffee/tea break

16:30 -17:15     Panel Discussion

17:15 -17:30     Closing Remarks

19:00 -21:30     Gala Dinner

21:30                End of Day 2

Day 3 October 24th, 2018, Wednesday

07:00 -17:00     Full Day Field Visit

Option A: Visit of the rubber estate (plantations & factory) of the Compagnie des Caoutchoucs du Pakidié de Dabou (CCP Dabou); and a small rubber holding.

Option B: The quarantine site of clones introduced as part of the IRRDB multilateral clone exchange Program; and the International Coconut Genebank for Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Day 4 October 25, 2018, Thursday

09:00 – 14:00   Annual meeting of Directors & CEO of IRRDB

Day 5 October 26, 2018, Friday

9:00 – 14:00 IRRDB Board meeting


Keynote Speakers

Tee Tan Yong
Tee Tan Yong
Tee Tan Yong
Salvatore Pinizzotto
Salvatore Pinizzotto
Secretary-General ~ (IRSG)
Mitsutoshi SAEKI
Mitsutoshi SAEKI
General Manager of Technical Department (JATMA)


Sofitel Hotel Ivoire


  • 180 $ per night
  • Breakfast
  • Wifi Connexion
  • Conference On-Site
  • No More Rooms Available

Heden Golf Club


  • 145$ per night
  • Breakfast
  • Wifi Connexion
  • From 3.48 Mile to conference
  • 90 Rooms Available

We are sorry, no more seats are available


IRC 2018 Location

Sofitel Hotel Ivoire 

Boulevard Hassan II, Abidjan

Cote d’Ivoire

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