Wednesday, December 3, 2014

German Ambassador John: “agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2014 taking place at the right time”

GIZ seminar on “Packaging and Food Safety in the Ghanaian Agriculture and Food Industry”

The 2nd edition of plastprintpack West Africa was officially opened on 02 December 2014 at the Accra International Conference Centre by:

  • Mr Papa Kow Bartels on behalf of Hon. Ekow Spio Gabrahh, Minister of Trade & Industry
  • Mr Ruediger John, Ambassador of Germany  
  • Mr Frédéric Clavier, Ambassador of France
  • Dhr. Hans Docter, Ambassador of the Netherlands   
  • Ms Nella Hengstler, Austrian Economic Counsellor for Ghana and ECOWAS
  • Mr Patrick Martens, Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
  • Mr Martin März, Managing Director of fairtrade


The German Ambassador Mr Ruediger John stressed in his speech. “agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2014 are taking place at the right time. Despite the Ebola Virus disease and its negative impact on the lives of people, the economic and political stability not only in the affected countries but in the whole sub-region, agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa sets a sign of solidarity. This trade show is in full conformity with the demand of the President of Ghana and Chairman of ECOWAS: “isolate Ebola, not the countries”. agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa will spread this message also to Europe.”

The Hon. Ekow Spio Gabrahh, Minister of Trade & Industry outlined on his behalf by Mr Papa Kow Bartels: “Ghana’s current agricultural and policy framework and national development plan emphazises the importance of graduating from a subsistence-based small-holder system to a sector characterized by commercial market-driven enterprises that are engaged in agricultural production, agro-processing and other activities along the value chain.

In pursuant of this objective, Government in close collaboration with the World Bank and USAID is supporting agricultural development projects through the  Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP), which principally focuses on improving the investment climate for agri-business and developing inclusive Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) and smallholder linkages aimed at increasing productivity and value addition.

The agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa which signifies a two trail-blazer exhibition comes as an excellent double-header approach to bringing value addition and safety, particularly at a time that packaging technology is undergoing rapid development driven by the increasing quest for food safety, transportability and aesthetic appeal. Indeed, packaging is progressively becoming an integral component of product pricing criteria, promotion campaigns, brand identity, and the product marketing mix. I am totally convinced that this fair will help boost our efforts of modernizing agro-processing and packaging industries which are vital to our export led economic policies.”

giz Seminar “Packaging and Food Safety in the Ghanaian Agriculture and Food Industry“

As part of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2014, GIZ Ghana is hosting a seminar on „Packaging and Food Safety in the Ghanaian Agriculture and Food Industry“ on December 03, 2014.

Three main topics are discussed:

  • “Post-harvest handling of commodities and food products”,
  • “Food processing and packaging” and
  •  “Implementing international standards in the food industry”.

The speakers represent the following organisations: Agric Engineering Services, Blue Skies, Food and Drugs Authority, Food Research Institute of Ghana, Ghana Standard Authority, HPW, Institute for Packaging, Nestlé, Peelco Fruits, SmartCert, Traque, Unilever and Yedent.

With 1,326 professional visitors from 37 countries, a share of 75% of decision makers and 9% from outside Ghana discussing business with 81 exhibitors from 21 countries, agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2013 have set a new benchmark for Ghana and West Africa.

It is on the background of the success of the first edition and responding to the growth, demand and vitality of West Africa’s industry, that fairtrade organises the 2nd edition of plastprintpack West Africa.

Ghana is one of the “top export markets 2014” says German Ministry for Economic Affairs

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Germany Trade & Invest have identified six countries that earn increased attention of the German export economy. Among the “top export markets 2014” are China, Columbia, Ghana, Indonesia, South Korea and the United Kingdom. State Secretary Stefan Kapferer:" Despite their great differences, the selected countries are characterized by an above-average growth, a positive development in the core sectors of the German middle class and a stable business environment." Further details.

According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, West African imports of packaging, plastics and printing machinery, between 2010 and 2013, have considerably grown. See detailed graphs further down.

Ghana and West Africa have gone through a difficult period of time during the past six months though. Due to the outbreak of and the fear for Ebola. This is also reflected by the number of exhibitors compared to last year. While there has never been any case of Ebola in Ghana, unfortunately the show has become smaller this year.

Having said that, we are delighted to welcome a very honorable participation from eleven countries at agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2014, namely from Austria, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Korea, Lebanon, Switzerland and Turkey

plastprintpack West Africa 2014 - KEY FACTORS FOR YOUR SUCCESS!

Substantial institutional support.  

Excellent visitor base. 1,326 registered industry professionals from 37 countries (2013). Detailed evaluation of the visitor statistics, visitors by interest etc. see Post Show Report 2013.

High rate of decision-makers. 75% of the visitors were decision-makers (2013). CEOs / Managing directors (44%), sales and marketing directors (13%), production managers (5%), project managers (5%), technical managers (3%), IT directors (2%), financial directors (2%) and purchasing directors (1%).

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

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

The organizer. The event is organised 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.

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