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Finance and Investment Summit

ASC Vietnam
Scope /
High-value warm-water shrimp constitutes one of the largest seafood traded commodities in the world. Global shrimp output grew at a CAGR of some 7.3% since 2015 and reached ca. 5 mln tons in 2021, up 1.0 mln tons from 2020. The global production is forecasted to reach a further 10% growth to ca. 5.5 mln tons in 2022.

During the pandemic, high-value proteins such as beef, shrimp, salmon, etc., outperformed other proteins. In value terms, global shrimp exports in 2021 reached ca. USD 23.5 bln, up 17% from USD 20 bln in 2020. Looking ahead, long-term shrimp output is on a growth path due to both supply and demand dynamics.

Countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia account for the most significant share of shrimp supplies to the world markets. Seen long-term, warm-water shrimp supplies could double by 15 years or so if financing is available to fund the expected growth projections.

The 1st edition of the GSF Finance and Investment Summit comes at a critical time for the world seafood markets; considering the ongoing war in Ukraine, combined with a severe inflation and cost increases in supply and feed chain. Feed accounts for nearly 70% of the production cost in warm water shrimp farming — the most important cost driver.

The GSF Finance Summit will address the critical financing challenges facing the shrimp industry going forward, both in respect to large-scale financing of the major players and addressing the needs of the small-scale farmers requiring micro finance of various kinds.

This financing may come from large banks, governments, and international institutions as well as private capital from investment funds and high-impact investors now entering the market. These players will address and discuss the financing issues in some depth. In this session, leading companies will share their thoughts with us.

Over the past few years, new ESG-focused impact funds have come into the market, many looking at aquaculture as water SDG and food security impact investing. The funds bring focus on providing tech innovations and opportunities to streamline the industry, bringing in micro financing, feed optimization, innovative alternative feeds solutions; economics of scale in production, know-how and expertise and more. This signals a shift towards a more robust and sustainable water-water shrimp industry going forward. The 2nd part of this seminar will focus on learning a group of leading impact investor players views on their industry engagements and outlook for their shrimp financing business going forward.

This not-to-be-missed novel GSF Finance and Investment Summit 2022 will be of much importance for the shrimp industry worldwide.
Gorjan Nikolik
Rabobank
Chairperson / Gorjan Nikolik

Since joining Rabobank International in 2005, Gorjan Nikolik (42) has been an industry analyst focusing on the global seafood sector including aquaculture, wild-catch, seafood trade and processing. In his primary role, he works as a senior sector expert to Rabobank departments such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Venture Capital, Credit Risk Management and the Relationship Bankers. He is a regular speaker on global seafood and aquaculture conferences and has published research reports covering the seafood industry. He also has experience as a commodity analyst having covered the sugar industry. Gorjan holds a masters degree in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management.

Program /
9.00-9.15
Shrimp, a key winning species in the pandemic continues with an unprecedented growth - A Rabobank Perspective

Outlook for the warm-water shrimp supply sector going forward 

Speaker: Gorjan Nikolik

9.15-10.00
“Financing Future Growth” - Views from leading shrimp producers

In this session, the world’s largest vertically integrated shrimp producers from Latin America and Asia will present their companies, where they want to be in 3-5 years and what they will need to invest in. How will they overcome the challenges that any large shrimp producer is confronted with?

Speakers:

Lê Văn Quang, General Director, Minh Phu Seafood Corporation (Vietnam)

Rodrigo Laniado, CEO, Songa (Ecuador)

Chowdary Kunam, CEO, Sandhya Aqua (India)

10.00-10.15
Big data deployment lessons from the salmon industry.

Speaker: Dmitry Kozachenok, CEO, Ecto Inc.

10.15-10.45
Coffee Break
10.45-11.15
Panel discussion: Growth Perspectives

Panellists: 

Lê Văn Quang, General Director, Minh Phu Seafood Corporation (Vietnam)

Rodrigo Laniado, CEO, Songa (Ecuador)

Chowdary Kunam, CEO, Sandhya Aqua (India)

Dmitry Kozachenok, CEO, Ecto Inc.

Presan Pahladsingh, Investment Officer, FMO N.V.

Moderated by: Drew Cherry, Editor-in-Chief, IntraFish

11.15-11.55
Private capital financing engagements - views from leading impact investors

In this session we talk with some of the impact investors that are deploying venture capital to the shrimp industry to finance sustainability, technology, innovation, and growth. Some of them invest in tech start-ups, some in intensifying production and restoring mangroves, others in financing small scale farmers. What do these new V/C investors like about the shrimp sector, how do they view their investments they have made or are making – and why? 

Panellists:

Francisco Saraiva Gomes, Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Ocean 14 Capital

Gibran Huzaifah, Founder and CEO, eFishery

Mike Velings, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Aqua-Spark

Glen Illing, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, AquaWoo

Moderated by: Drew Cherry, Editor-in-Chief, IntraFish
 

11.55-12.00
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