Read what our guests of honor said
H.E. Mr. Ron Stricker
Ambassador, Embassy of the Netherlands
I am very happy to be here at the opening of this important trade show. The Netherlands have participated in agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa since the second edition in 2014 and we are pleased that the event has gained in its size and scope ever since. This year, there is a record number of 93 exhibitors from 21 countries.
We are proud as the Netherlands to have a dedicated Dutch Pavilion themed ‘Holland in Ghana: Growing Together’. In our Orange pavilion, there are 12 Dutch companies represented, all active in the agriculture.
Both Netherlands and Ghana have a lot to offer to each other in the agriculture sector in terms of knowledge and equipment.The Netherlands is the world's second largest exporter of agri-food products. The total value of Dutch agricultural export is estimated at 79.2 billion euro. The Dutch agri-food industry contributes 48.7 billion euro of added calue to Dutch GDP.
Ghana has much to offer, too. Agriculture in this country has great potential and shold have a great future. So let us work together. Wishing you a very successful trade fair with hopefully a lot of trade deals materializing!
H.E. Mr. François Pujolas
French Ambassador to Ghana
adepta is a historical partner of agrofood West Africa since it organized the first official foreign pavilion in 2013. We are proud that 7 French companies are exhibiting this year and two more are on a visit They offer a showcase of the French technology and know-how in many sectors of the agrofood business, such as aquaculture, agriculture, process and packaging, breeding and animal reproduction technologies.
With a turnover of 172 billion € and exports of 44 billion €, France is the nation that has one of the most dynamic agrofood industries in the world.
France and Ghana have developed fruitful partnerships in the agriculture sector. On the one hand, France has been committed to supporting the development of an agric economy based on family farming, farmer organizations and regulation. Through its development agency, AFD, France has proposed its expertise to assist farmers’ communities in increasing food production in the Western and Central Region as well as rice production in Northern, Upper East, Upper West Regions and Volta Region. AFD also takes part in the financing of public investments in infrastructure, especially irrigation in high agricultural potential areas. As an example, it is funding through VRA the Pwalugu multipurpose dam feasibility study.
Moreover, French companies have placed their confidence in the Ghanaian agricultural through long-term investments in its natural resources and its human capacities. Golden exotics produces and sells high quality bananas and pineapple, and has launched the production of high-value organic bananas. Touton transforms cocoa before exporting it and Grel is involved in Hevea production. These firms are also working with their local communities in order to make their economic activity advantageous for all. Sustainable development, electrification, social housing and education form part of the benefits generated by their corporate and social responsibility policy.
A large part of these investments have spurred trade between France and Ghana. In 2016, Ghanaian agrofood exports to France was the second exporting sector representing 32% of Ghanaian trade to France. According to the French customs, these exports have skyrocketed by 152% in June 2017, on a year-on-year basis. The steady cooperation between France and Ghana has been key to promote a business friendly environment and favor these exchanges and investments. Moving forward together will strengthen the ties between our two economies.
Mr Lorenzo Pinelli
Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Italy
As one of the most important investor and trade partner of Ghana, we commend the efforts of the Government to promote and develop the agriculture sector, with programmes such as “Planting for food and jobs” and the industrial sector with the “One district one factory” initiative. In this framework, I am pleased to recall the announcement made last week by our Prime Minister of the renewal –with an amount up to 25 million of euros, of our Small and Medium Enterprises programme, the Ghana Private Sector Development Facility, which – we believe, perfectly matches with the governmental initiatives for creating jobs and entrepreneurship in this country.
Italy is a global leader with a history of excellence in the manufacture of industrial machinery. I give you a few numbers: with 5,100 units, 185,000 employees and a turnover that, in 2016, reached 42.5 billion euros (+3.5% compared to 2015), the Italian capital goods manufacturers export 69% of their production.
Italy has had a long standing economic and commercial relationship with Ghana. Without even mentioning the Italian contribution to the biggest infrastructure of this country – from the Akosombo Dam and the Tema Oil Refinery to the brand new FPSO John Agyekum Kufour recently inaugurated by ENI, we are strongly committed to improve our trade relation which now sees Italy as the 10th trading partner of Ghana. Last year, Italian exports to Ghana reached their highest historically, exceeding 264 million euros and registering an annual base increase of 29.5%. Unsurprisingly, therefore, machinery and instruments represented Italy’s main export items during this period.
I believe that the presence of Italian companies in this Fair will contribute to further cement the trade relations between our two countries. I am also confiden that the encounter between Italian suppliers and manufacturers with their Ghanaian counterparts will be beneficial to both sides. I trust that the Fair will provide opportunities for the exhibiting Italian companies to showcase the superb products and services for which Italy is well known.
I am pleased that the organizers have chosen Ghana, the gateway of West Africa, as the place for staging this exhibition.Let me end my remarks by congratulating the organizers and all the exhibitors for their efforts at putting together this Trade Fair which I believe will be a great success. I wish you all a very productive event.
This year, we came to Ghana for the first time as an organized group. In our delegation we have several entrepreneurs, some of them have already had some experience with African market. We believe that the Ghanaian market is the good entry point to other markets of central Africa. We appreciate that the local economy opens up for foreign investments in the environment of political stability.
We are not focused on quick profit only. We believe in long term cooperation and partnerships. That is why, apart from businesses, our delegation comprises also representatives of business support institutions, such as chambers of commerce and business clusters, as well as the largest university of life sciences in our region; not to mention the representatives of regional administration, who facilitates attempts of our entrepreneurs to start activities on overseas markets.
Thanks to our experience gained over decades, Wielkopolska can offer goods and services of good quality standards, comparable to those of Western Europe, however, at more affordable prices. In our region we strongly support SMEs, so we fully understand that any investment has to match in size of the local needs, so that it would generate profit for business, as well as create new opportunities for local market. We believe in win-win solutions. We are ready to share our expertise, knowledge and experience gained over the years.
The main purpose of our first organized visit to Ghana was to learn about the market, understand its needs and conditions, which would later allow us to make a more precise offers responding to market requirements. We believe in long term cooperation. Thanks to contacts made at the Trade Fair, we see opportunities for import of goods from Ghana, as well as our capital investments on the local market with the participation of local partners.
We are satisfied with agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017, which we found well prepared and professionally organized. We appreciated the selection of all exhibitors, since it also allowed us to establish new contacts with international partners. From our observation we can say, that many visitors to our stand represented SMEs, with whom in our opinion we can successfully cooperate. It is a pity that agrofood West Africa is not an annual event in Ghana.
Read what our exhibitors said
Ms Afke van der Woude, Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council GNBCC (2nd from right)
Ms Anitra van der Kraan, Netherlands Africa Business Council NABC (very right)
Ghana & Netherlands have long standing trade relations, especially in the Agrofood sector. There are actually six companies participating in the Pavilion which are already established with their own offices in Ghana. Four others are looking for trading opportunities.
Our Netherlands agro-expertise fits the Ghanaian market. From high-quality vegetable seeds to greenhouse expertise and cold-stores. The Ghanaian food & vegetable sector is developing commercially with Dutch products.
The main targets for our participation at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to enhance our visibility, to find potential distributors for vegetable seeds, transfer of knowledge and to support the suppliers of organic fruits.
Our Pavilion at agrofood West Africa is centrally located and attracted lots of professional visitors. In connection with the GhanaVeg-network we had three successful days. And we are happy that our Ambassador opened the expo together with his colleagues from other countries.
Mr Emmanuel Amanor Yirenkyi
Ministry of Food and Agriculture Ghana (MoFA) - Assistant Agricultural Officer (right)
We are interfacing with the private sector operators which are working in the agricultural sector. We participate at agrofood West Africa 2017 to provide agriculture and agribusiness-related information to persons interested in going into agricultural business. We want to make the public aware that it is profitable to invest in agriculture (agribusiness).
Our main target at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to meet potential investors and agribusiness operators.
Yes, we are very much satisfied with this event as we have had a number of professionals visiting our stand to make various inquiries.
Mr El Hadj-Safi Mohammed
Agro Industrie - Responsible Marketing (left)
AGRO INDUSTRIE is an Algerian enterprise created in 1985 to provide agribusiness equipment. It has always been a pioneer in the introduction of new methods concerning: Pivot, Reel, Drip, Garden parquets, Drying ovens, Geo membrane. We are also specialized in irrigation seeds, watering of parks and gardens, spraying, multi-span greenhouses.
Ghana has a big and large agricultural sector so that we are interested to present and sell our agricultural materials here. Our products are helpful for the farmers here. Our main target here at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to meet farmers. I'm really satisfied with this event especially regarding the visitors. They are keen to partner with us.
Mr Joe Coetsee
Delphy - Consultant South Africa
Ghana has the fastest growing horticultural sector in West Africa. The current lack of knowledge is the biggest stumbling block and we are specialized in trainings for greenhouse farmers. Our main target at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to get in contact with existing farmers here. Yes, we are satisfied with the event, up to now we had good interactions.
Mr Slawek Rutz
This is actually the first time that we approach the West African market. AVITA is producing and selling a wide range of products for cows for over 20 years now. Our range covers udder care products, milk testing accessories, milk filters, washing and disinfection liquids and accessories, milking machine spare parts and accessories, auxiliary equipment, electric fencing equipment, feed additives and products for farms. Our products are already available in almost 50 countries around the world.
Our target with our participation at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to find distributors.
Ms Anais Fabre
adepta – Area Manager Sub-Saharan Africa
ADEPTA brings together French agro-industries, French manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, technologies, and input for agriculture, livestock and agri-food production. Through its 240 member companies and organizations, our professional association is a unique showcase of the French commercial offer and expertise in these sectors.
Our French member companies realise a great potential and dynamic in West Africa, interesting projects. Our offer includes everything “from field to fork”, complete solutions. We find agrofood West Africa 2017 really well organized and we have seen good quality visitors on the stands of our members.
Mr Noureddine Aklil
Assisant Director, Algex - Algeria's National Agency for the Promotion of Foreign Trade
The mission of the Algerian National Agency for the Promotion of Foreign Trade - ALGEX is to contribute, under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade, to the development of Algerian non-hydrocarbon exports.
To develop the visibility of the Algerian offer abroad, ALGEX contributes to the promotion of Algerian products through the support of Algerian companies in international fairs and exhibitions.
ALGEX is in charge, finally, to identify the companies having a potential and capacities allowing them to develop internationally, encourages them to move towards the foreign markets and accompanies them on their routes to the export. We are firmly convinced of the importance of business partnerships between Algeria and Ghana. Together with the delegation of five Algerian exhibitors we are here at agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017 to explore the Ghanaian market.
Mr Benedict Jatto
KHS Machines Nigeria Limited - Sales & Marketing Manager
KHS began operations effectively in 2003 in Nigeria and has covered the Ghanaian market from the subsidiary in Nigeria since then. KHS has over 150 years experience in the design, manufacturing, modification and conversation of filling / packaging and engineering equipment.
Our main target at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to meet the middle to top-end players in the industry. Although the event is still ongoing at this time we are quite satisfied with the turn out of the visitors we have seen so far.
Dr. Carlo Abbiati
Teknoice s.r.l. - Area Sales Manager
We are a manufacturer of ice-cream machines for industrial and semi-industrial use. Agrofood West Africa 2017 is our first exhibition here in Ghana and we participate to understand the Ghanaian market and which products are needed here. Our main target is to meet the key people and to create a network of relationships.
Mr Stephan Zarzecki
SMF Maschinenfabrik GmbH - Managing Director
Our company is a producer of PET bottles blowing machines and complete bottling lines with a capacity up to 36000 BPH for all types of liquids. The Ghanaian/West African market is important for our company. We have the right machines for Ghana. Our main target here at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to meet new customers.
Yes, we are satisfied with the event and with the quality of the professional visitors.
Mr Pascal Saint-Macaire
serac - Area Sales Manager Africa
The main activity of Serac group is based on manufacturing and selling filling and capping machines for all bottle types for the food industry (dairy, edible oil, juice, sauce products) and non-food products like Lub oil, detergents, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and corrosive products. We also launched a complete range of Pet blowing machines for all kind of bottles from 200ml to 5L.
We participated already at agrofood West Africa 2013 and our main target here at the 2017 event is to see if there is potential in the market.
Mr Adel Kamel
Güntner - Managing Director Middle East, India & Africa
We are actually new to Ghana but we believe that Ghana is the gate to West Africa.
Based near Munich in Germany, Güntner is a world leader in the manufacture of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment components, with 3,000 employees worldwide. Strengths: premium quality, application expertise, a distinct customer focus, innovation and a wide range of products including finned heat exchangers for cooling and air conditioning systems.
Here at agrofood West Africa 2017 we want to learn about the market and to find an agent. We are very satisfied with the event, especially with the high quality of the visitors.
Mr Anand Sawant
Hassia Packaging - GM Sales - International
Hassia offers complete packaging solutions for a wide variety of industrial and consumer requirements. Hassia India has a respected name in the complex and highly competitive realm of packaging machinery. As IMA’s Indian subsidiary, Hassia India has a strong presence throughout Asian and African continents.
Focusing on the rapidly expanding Asian and African market, Hassia India has an installed base of more than 800 machines in over 33 countries.
We are here in Ghana for the first time. We think that the Ghanaian/West African market has a lot of potential for our packaging machines and we see opportunities here for example in the food sector. Our main target at agrofood West Africa 2017 is to develop potential customers.
Mr Mohamed Anverally
Anverally & Sons - Chairman (2nd from right)
The demand for tea is growing in West Africa and worldwide. Tea drinking communities are very big, often multi-ethnic. So we see a great potential here.
The West African consumers are very price sensitive. Our brand solutions are designed to meet this demand. We are here at agrofood West Africa 2017 to expand our business network and promote our brand.