Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The 6th agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2019 with record-setting eight official national pavilions

West Africa's food and plastprintpack technology imports grow double-digit in 2018

Based on upbeat market developments, the 6th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2019 is all set for growth.   

Once again organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade Messe, West Africa’s 6th International Trade Show on Agrofood & Plastprintpack takes place on 10 to 12 December 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The 2019 event features record-setting eight official country pavilions

  • China
  • Flanders/Belgium
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Turkey 

In connection with a strong institutional support both in West Africa and internationally as well as an excellent conference program a successful show is guaranteed. 

Strong institutional support 

The event enjoys the support of the following institutions:

  • AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
  • DLG German Agricultural Society
  • Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey to Ghana
  • Flanders Investment & Trade
  • Ghana - Ministry of Trade and Industry 
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Hortifresh by the Netherlands Government
  • Morocco Foodex
  • Sri Lanka Tea Board
  • Turkish Ministry of Trade

3-day conference program 

The 2019 event will again be supplemented by a 3-day program full of presentations and conferences. See program 2018.  


agrofood West Africa covers the entire value chain, from field to fork, consisting of the three sub-brands

  • agro AgroTech West Africa 2019
    fairtrade and DLG enter into strategic partnership  
    Since 2013 agro West Africa has been organized by fairtrade as part of agrofood West Africa. Ever since 2018 DLG German Agricultural Society enters into strategic partnership with fairtrade and brings in its agro expertise. The focus of the cooperation lies on agricultural technology, animal production, flori- and horticulture and hot-house technology. Organisers of the world’s No. 1 trade shows Agritechnica and Eurotier, DLG is the global leader in professional trade fairs in the fields of agricultural engineering, crop production, animal production and bioenergy. 

  • food + bev tec West Africa 2019
    According to VDMA, West Africa imported food & beverage technology worth 623 million euros in 2018. A plus of 16.7% compared to 534 million euros in 2017 and an annual growth of 7.8% between 2015 and 2018. As such, West Africa imports more food and beverage technology than any other region in Sub-Sahara Africa. See figures of VDMA German Engineering Federation.

  • food + hospitality West Africa 2019
    Food imports of US$ 16.19 billion to West Africa - largest foodstuff market in Sub-Sahara Africa  
    West Africa, with its 388 million inhabitants, is the largest food market in Sub-Saharan Africa. Food trade with West Africa is a US$30.33 billion business, with food imports into West Africa amounting to US$16.19 billion in 2017 (up 25.7% after US$12.88 billion in 2016) and food exports of US$14.14 billion, also in 2017 (WTO).  

plastprintpack: West Africa‘s plastics, printing and packaging technology imports amounted to 633 million euros in 2018 – up 25%

According to VDMA German Engineering Federation, West Africa imported plastics technology at a value of 219 million euros in 2018, up 22% compared with 179 million euros in 2017. Major West African import markets of plastics technology - apart from Nigeria – are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Togo and Mali, in this order. 

Printing and paper technology was bought at a value of 107 million euros in the same year compared to 93 million euros in 2017 (+15%), with Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal as main importers - apart from Nigeria. 

And imports of packaging technology made up for 307 million euros, up 8.4% compared with EUR 283 million in 2017. Major West African importers – apart from Nigeria – are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso. 

So all in all West Africa‘s plastics, printing and packaging technology imports amounted to 633 million euros in 2018, up 25% compared to 503 million euros in 2017.  


Facts on the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS is a regional economic union of fifteen countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.  

The union was established in 1975 in Lagos to promote economic integration across the region. The goal of ECOWAS is to create a single large trading bloc by building a full economic and trading union.  

With 388 million inhabitants, West Africa is Africa’s most populous region and one of the most populous regions in the world. West Africa’s GDP is expected to grow from US$563 billion in 2017 to US$585 billion in 2018 and US$610 billion in 2019.