A first-ever Asian Hemp Summit set for Kathmandu, Nepal next year will explore the vast possibilities for industrial hemp across the continent. Nepal-based Shah Hemp Inno-Ventures (SHIV), HempToday and Hempoint, Czech Republic, are organizers of the inaugural event, which is scheduled for Feb. 1-2, 2019 at the Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu.
Signups started this month for the conference, which will primarily focus on the markets of China, India, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia and Japan. Organizers encourage stakeholders from all Asian countries to attend, including regulators, politicians, development agencies, private hemp enthusiasts, environmental groups, retailers & consumers.
“Opportunities abound for global players – investment is needed all throughout Asia in every hemp sector and sub-sector,” said Dhiraj K. Shah, a consultant who founded SHIV with his wife Nivedita in 2014. “And there’s a lot that can happen cross-border on the continent because of the strong trading traditions and established import-export arrangements among Asian nations.”
World class speakers
Speakers already tentatively confirmed for the Asian Hemp Summit are:
Anar Artur, CEO, HempMongolia
Riki Hiroi, Each Japan
Nivedita & Dhiraj Shah, SHIV, Nepal
Steve Allin, International Hemp Building Association
Paul Benhaim, Elixinol Group Ltd, Australia
Daniel Kruse, HempConsult GmbH, Germany
Hana Gabrielova, Hempoint, Czech Republic
Haile Selassie Tefari, Hemp Service Intl., France
Arne Verhoef, HempHub, South Africa
Morris Beegle, WAFBA & NoCo Hemp Expo, USA
Rick Trojan, Hemp Road Trip, USA.
Early bird signups at $466 run through October 12, 2018; registration after that is $672. Accreditation fees are exclusive of accommodation.