Monday, January 21, 2013

agrofood West Africa 2013 in Accra: the natural gate towards the high potential West African market

Africa, especially West Africa, during the past few years has become a focal point of interest as a market of the future, with high potential. Especially exporters for the food, agricultural and food processing and food packaging industry benefit from this development. West Africa, in 2012, reached a gdp-growth of 5%. Ghana’s growth, however, continuously exceeds 7%, the major reasons being political stability and the exploration of oil fields which have been started in 2010.

According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, exports of food processing and packaging machinery to West Africa, in 2011, have considerably grown. This is also true for exports of agricultural machinery and equipment. And UN comtrade data prove the same for West African imports of finished food products. For details, please refer to the next page.

The West African countries joined forces in 1975 when founding ECOWAS-The Economic Community of West African States as a regional group of 15 West African countries with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos. Its mission is to promote economic integration across the region. And Accra as the capital of Ghana is the natural gate towards the West African market. ECOWAS nationals for instance do not need a visa to enter Ghana.

On this background and responding to the growth, demand and vitality of West Africa’s industry, fairtrade organises agrofood West Africa in Accra as the 1st International Trade Show on Agriculture and Livestock, Food, Beverage & Packaging Technology and Food, Beverages & Hospitality.

To create valuable synergies, agrofood is held in conjunction with printpackplast West Africa.

We cordially like to welcome the entire global agrofood business community wishing to do business in West Africa to join this major event!“

Martin März, Managing Director, fairtrade



„I am convinced: in 10 years from now we will witness the great Africa boom. By then, for us working in the field of packaging technology, business-wise the continent will play a similarly important role as Asia does today.“

Friedbert Klefenz, President of Bosch Packaging Technology and Chairman of the board of the packaging machinery sector within VDMA-The German Engineering Association



agro West Africa 2013: Exports of agricultural technology and livestock to West Africa enjoy staggering growth

The West African market for agricultural technology and livestock becomes ever more important and enjoys staggering growth. According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, West Africa imported agricultural machinery and equipment, in 2011, at a volume of 167.9 million Euro, after 135.4 million Euro in 2010. This marks an increase of 24.0%.

 Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2012

food+bev tec West Africa 2013: Fast growing West African imports of food processing and packaging technology

food+bev tec West Africa 2013 takes place on the background of fast growing West African imports of food processing and packaging technology. According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, West African imports of food processing and packaging machinery and equipment, in 2011, have increased to 567.4 million Euro, compared to 341.3 million Euro in 2010, a plus of 66.2%!

 Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2012

food + hospitality West Africa 2013: The major platform for the growing food trade with West Africa

According to UN comtrade - United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database, West African food imports, in 2010, have reached 8.69 billion US$, compared to 8.26 billion US$ in 2009, a plus of 5.3%. The figures comprise 9 West African countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d‘Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. food + hospitality West Africa is being organized as the 1st International Trade Show on Food, Beverages & Hospitality. The event targets to become the major platform for West African and international food producers and food traders, both exporters and importers.

  Source: UN comtrade / Graph: fairtrade 2012


Valuable synergies: agrofood is held in conjunction with plastprintpack West Africa

To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and trade visitors alike, agrofood will be held in conjunction with plastprintpack West Africa featuring the following exhibition topics:

 

• Plastics, Composites, Chemistry
• Printing and Paper Solutions and Material
• Packaging Machinery and Material