Tuesday, April 1, 2014

agrofood goes Nigeria!

agrofood Nigeria: Premiere on 28-30 April 2015 in Lagos

Nigeria stands for an abundance of natural resources such as oil, gas and agricultural land and an attractive and fast growing consumer market. The country ranks 13 on the list of the largest oil producing countries, well ahead of Norway, Algeria, Angola, Kazakhstan and Qatar.

With 179 million inhabitants Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the 7th most populous country in the world. Being the 2nd largest economy in Africa, Nigeria is expected to overtake South Africa in the near future. No wonder that it is listed among the ‘next 11’ economies and expected to become one of the world‘s top 20 economies by 2050.

Significantly increasing prosperity together with a rapidly growing population encourage investments into shopping malls, in agriculture and the food industry. Figures of VDMA-The German Engineering Association confirm very high Nigerian agro & food tec imports:

  • Nigerian imports of food processing and packaging technology, between 2010 and 2012, have increased from 198 million Euros to 275 million Euros, up 39 per cent.

  • In the same period imports of agricultural machinery and equipment went up from 46 million Euros to 62 million Euros, plus 35 per cent.

  • Imports of finished food products rose by 11 per cent from 3.7 billion US dollars in 2009 to 4.1 billion US dollars in 2010.

 

It is against this backdrop that fairtrade launch agrofood Nigeria. The 1st International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food, Beverage & Packaging Technology and Food, Beverages & Hospitality is scheduled for 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos

fairtrade have a wealth of experience in organizing professional agrofood shows as we also organize iran agrofood in Tehran since 1994 (831 exhibitors and more than 30,000 visitors in 2014) and have held agrofood West Africa in Accra, Ghana last December featuring 81 exhibitors and 1,326 visitors.

To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and visitors alike, agrofood Nigeria is held in conjunction with plastprintpack Nigeria, the 1st International Trade Show on Plastics, Composites, Chemistry and Printing & Packaging Solutions and Material.

 

To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and visitors alike, agrofood Nigeria is held in conjunction with plastprintpack Nigeria, the 1st International Trade Show on Plastics, Composites, Chemistry and Printing & Packaging Solutions and Material.


“The idea to launch a professional platform especially for the Nigerian business community was brought up by the exhibitors and the organizers of national pavilions at our agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2013 in Accra last December”, says Martin März, fairtrade’s CEO. “We then presented the project at a meeting with the economic counsellors of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in Lagos this February and received an all-around positive feed-back. Therefore we are excited to create this new major platform for our long-term customers.”


As Austria is already committed to participate with a group of companies, the Commercial Counsellor with the Austrian Embassy in Lagos, Ms Nella Hengstler, points out: “Nigeria will be the next global manufacturing hub. The sheer size of Nigeria’s market combined with its large and young work force will attract massive investments in the manufacturing industry. Machines and production materials will continue to be imported, though. I therefore welcome and support agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 as it is important for European suppliers to be on ground early before the real run on Nigeria starts”.



The partners of fairtrade in Nigeria are AHK Nigeria - the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria and the Nigerian-German Business Association - NGBA. André Rönne, delegate of AHK and general manager of NGBA points out: “Increasing prosperity and the rapidly increasing population numbers are the consumer-promoting factors in Nigeria, which is also reflected by investments into the construction of shopping malls and the food processing and food packaging industry. The agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria comes at exactly the right time, and we look forward to a constructive and successful cooperation with the fairtrade team. "


Accomodation & Shuttle. “We will make the stay in Lagos comfortable for our exhibitors and professional visitors as we organize a shuttle-service from the airport to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel and The Protea Hotel Kuramo Waters Lagos as the official accommodation partners for the event, and from there on a daily basis to and from the Landmark Convention Centre”, says Dominik Rzepka, head of PR and Marketing with fairtrade. Please see details here   

The Landmark Convention Centre – The Venue. The brand-new Landmark Convention Centre is strategically positioned on the grounds of Landmark Village, a spectacular beach front location extending over 9.4 acres on Victoria Island, the heart of the vibrant and lively Lagos business district.

Lying in close proximity to the British International School, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Oriental Hotel, The Palms Shopping Mall, Exxon Mobil HQ and Diamond Bank HQ, this location makes it easily accessible from anywhere in the city. The Landmark Village develops over 300 meters of beachfront overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and accommodating also the Hard Rock Café and the Shiro Japanese Restaurant.


agrofood Nigeria consists of agro, food + bev tec and food + hospitality Nigeria:



agro Nigeria: Nigerian imports of agricultural machinery raised from 46 million Euros in 2010 to 62 million Euros  in 2012, up 34 per cent.  


food+bev tec Nigeria: Nigerian imports of food processing and packaging  machinery, between 2010 and 2012, have increased from 198 million Euros to 275 million Euros, up 39 per cent.


food + hospitality Nigeria: Nigerian food imports went up from 3.7 billion US dollars in 2009 to 4.1 billion US dollars in 2010, up 11 per cent.


The Industry Portal. The agrofood Industry Portal allows exhibitors and visitors to connect before, during and after the event.

The organizer.
The event is organized by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade. ISO 9001:2008 certified, and being a member of UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, fairtrade organizes events according to the UFI quality norms.

Nigeria – The economic power house.
In Nigeria, considerable oil and gas revenues together with economic opening, liberalisation and privatisation have created constant GDP growth of between 6% and 8% during the past few years. … more