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According to GTAI Germany Trade & Invest, Ivory Coast is becoming the bread basket of West Africa. Agriculture and the food industry, especially in Abidjan, have been very dynamic for years, both in production and processing. Both sectors also enjoy a prominent regional position. They supply not only the domestic market but also the other francophone countries of the region, such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Togo and Benin.
The French-speaking West Africa is a rather homogenous market of about 110 million inhabitants
The increasing demand for food throughout the rather homogenous French-speaking West African market of 110 million inhabitants and the good general economic situation in Côte d'Ivoire continue to offer positive prospects for suppliers of agrofood technology.
With the exception of Guinea, all countries use the franc CFA franc, which is linked to the euro. The currency facilitates not only the overseas export of machinery from Europe and Asia to Abidjan, but also the export of food within the French-speaking countries of West Africa.
Excellent pre-conditions for agrofood West Africa.
Great news for German exhibitors: An official German Pavilion will be presented at agrofood West Africa featuring German exhibitors displaying their solutions and products.
The German Pavilion is presented by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry AUMA.
The Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development opened agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018
After 4 editions in Accra, Ghana, fairtrade held the 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The event was officially opened on November 20, 2018 by the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly.
Review 2018: 80+ exhibitors from 17 countries - 50+ speakers from around the globe at high-profile conferences
Bosch seminar & VDMA symposium
The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa took place for the first time in Abidjan from 20 to 22 November 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport.
Organised by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade Messe and its Ivorian partner 2A Consult, this professional trade show is aimed at both West African industry and craftsmen: farmers, herders, food and beverage manufacturers, food retailers and catering and hotel professionals. And to the plastics, printing and packaging industry.
More than 80 exhibitors from 17 countries have confirmed their participation. These include many of the world's leading companies in their sector. The exhibitors come from Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.
A quality conference programme
The exhibition was accompanied by top quality conferences and events featuring 50+ speakers from around the globe.
Launch of the HortiFresh Fruit and Vegetable Programme
HortiFresh by the Netherlands Government officially launched their HortiFresh Fruit and Vegetable Programme in Côte d'Ivoire during agrofood West Africa 2018. The programme aims to reach thousands of farmers and increase their productivity by 20% until 2021. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Côte d'Ivoire had booked the official Dutch pavilion at agrofood West Africa 2018 to represent Dutch brands in there.
Bosch seminar on processing & packaging of local high added value products (coffee, cocoa, cereals, etc.) for the food and confectionery industries
BOSCH Group (Packaging Technology & Thermo Technology), in association with BÜHLER, two worldwide industry leaders, held a seminar to discover the processing and packaging technologies adapted to West African markets, at a time when all the initiatives of governments and industries in the West African Region are converging on the need for local processing of agricultural products which should generate more added value and better competitiveness in both Local and International markets. With the participation of GROFIN Côte d'Ivoire, provider of financial support solutions for agro-industrial projects.
VDMA: Symposium on plastic packaging and recycling
In conjunction with plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018 the VDMA German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association organized a symposium focusing on West African needs. Theme: How European plastic and rubber machines can make a valuable contribution to the West African plastic, packaging and recycling industries.
Strong international support
agrofood West Africa 2018 enjoyed the support of the following international institutions:
- France - adepta French Agrofood Association & French Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
- Germany - German Embassy Abidjan, AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
- Italy – Italian Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
- Netherlands - Agricultural Counselor for West Africa with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, NABC Netherlands-African Business Council, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
- Turkey – Ministry of Economy, Turkish Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
France, the Netherlands and Turkey were present at agrofood West Africa 2018 with official national pavilions.