Thursday, March 5, 2015

agrofood Nigeria 2015: Major players from 21 countries already booked their stands

Official support of the EUROPEAN UNION

The first agrofood Nigeria 2015 is scheduled for 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos.

The event is organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade

France with adepta is setting up an official French pavilion with sixteen French exhibitors.

And major players from 21 countries have already booked their stands, namely from Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom – see the list of exhibitors of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015.

Another excellent news: the EUROPEAN UNION officially supports agrofood Nigeria 2015. This becomes evident from a letter of 28 October 2014 of Michel ARRION, Head of Delegation and Ambassador of the EUROPEAN UNION – Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West Africa States.

“…, the European Union works closely with the Nigerian authorities to improve Nigeria’s business environment and competitiveness, to support its industrial revolution agenda and to ensure quality of products.

The food and beverage sector represents a very large segment of the Nigerian manufacturing industry. The sector generates over 1.5m jobs in the country and thus employs 5% of the Nigerian workforce. Moreover, with a market of over 160 million consumers, and a constantly growing population, Nigeria has an increasing demand for packaged and ready-made food products …

Against this background, European suppliers can play an important role in providing the Nigerian food manufacturing and agro-business industry with machinery, equipment and technological know-how meeting a high degree of food safety and compliance with international hygienic standards.

The Delegation of the European Union to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS therefore welcomes the initiative of fairtrade Messe to organize the 1st International Trade Fairs “agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015” to be held at the Landmark Centre in Lagos on 28-30 April 2015.

We support this important event and wish that during the years to come it will develop into a leading platform for technological exchange in the areas of agrofood, food processing and packaging.”

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. Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, having just overtaken South Africa in this respect. 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. Figures of the WTO confirm the same for finished food products:

  • Nigerian imports of food processing and packaging technology, between 2010 and 2013, have increased from 198 million Euro to 331 million Euro.
  • In the same period imports of agricultural machinery and equipment went up from 46 million Euro to 63 million Euro.
  • Imports of finished food products rose from 4.5 billion US dollar in 2010 to 5.7 billion US dollar in 2013.  

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.

“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.