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Mombasa tea auction starts automation process

Managing Director- East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA) Mr Edward Mudibo. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Managing Director- East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA) Mr Edward Mudibo. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

A consultant hired to carry out sensitisation of stakeholders on the planned automation of Mombasa tea auction is expected to complete the exercise at the end of this month, the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) has said.

Managing director Edward Mudibo said the consultant was in the final stages of the exercise.

“The work of the consultant is to find out from the players what they would want incorporated in the system because they are the ones who will use it. It was the only way of ensuring that all players are involved in the process,” Mr Mudibo told the Business Daily.

The EATTA manages the largest black tea auction in the world that brings together players in the tea sector, including producers, brokers, buyers and countries in the region.

Over the past three years, there has been pressure on the EATTA to automate the auction after some producers and the government complained that there was collusion and fixing of prices at the Mombasa-based trade centre.

“If all goes by plan we hope to start piloting the system by mid-next year,” he said.