agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017 closes on a positive note

The 4th agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017 closes on a positive note, after thousands of B2B meetings between exhibitors from around the world and trade visitors from all over West Africa. 

agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017 was officially opened under the motto "ADDING VALUE TO THE MODERNISATION OF THE GHANAIAN AGROFOOD & PLASTPRINTPACK INDUSTRY":

And hundreds of visitors discussed their business with 93 exhibitors from 21 countries presenting all of their latest technologies, solutions and products. 

The opening session was held on 5th December with the participation of: 

  • Mr Papa Kow Bartels, Ministry of Trade and Industry Ghana
  • H.E. Mr. Ron Stricker, Ambassador, Embassy of the Netherlands
  • H.E. Mr. Francois Pujolas, Ambassador, Embassy of France
  • Mr Lorenzo Pinelli, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Italy
  • Mr Leszek Wojtasiak, Member of the Regional Parliament from Wielkopolska Region, Poland
  • Mr Noureddine Aklil, Assisant Director, Algex - Algeria's National Agency for the Promotion of Foreign Trade
  • Mr Sampath Perera, Assistant Director, Sri Lanka Tea Board
  • Mr Martin März, Managing Director, fairtrade

Click on the images to see impressions of the show

Opening Ceremony with VIP tour around the exhibition
Opening Ceremony with VIP tour around the exhibition

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. 

agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017 featuring a record participation of 93 exhibitors from 21 countries

Country pavilions from Algeria, France, Netherlands, Poland and Sri Lanka

The 4th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa is featuring a record participation of 93 exhibitors from 21 countries showcasing the entire value chain “from farm to fork”, from agriculture and food processing technology, plastics, printing and packaging until the final food product. 

The exhibitors come from Algeria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. 

The event is organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade Messe and it will open its gates on 05 to 07 December 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana. 

In addition to many global players, 5 national pavilions participate from:     

  • Algeria showcasing agri-industrial technology and solutions as well as food products, organised by ALGEX-Algeria's National Agency for the Promotion of Foreign Trade     
  • France, organized by adepta-French agrofood association offering French know-how and technology for agriculture, livestock and agrofood production of 8 French exhibitors      
  • The Netherlands under the motto “Holland-Ghana Growing together” offering seeds, plants, processed foods and tissue culture supplies      
  • Poland, supported by the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region, displaying agrofood products and equipment by 12 Polish exhibitors      
  • Sri Lanka Tea Board with 5 exhibitors offering Ceylon Tea  

Full exhibition service
For exhibitors and visitors alike, the organisers have also arranged: 

Figures of WTO and VDMA indicate a clear upward trend for West Africa’s agrofood industry

The West African economy is on the upswing and Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal are the largest importers of finished food as well as of agricultural and food processing and packaging technology in West Africa – apart from Nigeria.

  • West African food imports increased to 14.4. billion US$ in 2015 compared to 13.1 billion US$ in 2014, a plus of 10% (WTO World Trade Organization)  
  • West African imports of agricultural machinery and equipment amounted to 187 million euro in 2016 (German Engineering Federation VDMA)   
  • West African imports of food processing and packaging technology increased from 506 million euro in 2015 to 556 million euro in 2016 (VDMA), up 10%.

The figures of rising food imports show that the largest food market in Africa is still undersupplied.

Rising technology imports however confirm massive investments in processing and packaging equipment and indicate a revival of local food production and an extremely promising medium-term development.