plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2017 closes on a positive note

The 4th plastprintpack & agrofood & 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. 

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

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. 


The 4th plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa featuring a record participation of 93 exhibitors from 21 countries

Very stable development: Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal are the largest importers of plastics, printing and packaging technology in West Africa – apart from Nigeria 

The West African economy is on the upswing and the organisers of plastprintpack West Africa 2017 and its partner event agrofood West Africa 2017 announce many good news around this event.

Figures of VDMA indicate a very stable development for West Africa’s plastprintpack industry

  • According to the German Engineering Federation VDMA, West Africa imported plastics technology at a value of 142.9 million euro in 2016. Good to know that the major West African markets - apart from Nigeria - are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Togo and Guinea, in this order.       
  • West African imports of printing and paper technology amounted to 121.8 million euro in 2016 compared to 120.0 million euro in 2015, featuring Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea and Senegal as the most important importers apart from Nigeria.      
  • And imports of packaging technology to the area made up for 240.2 million euro in 2016 compared to 237.4 million euro in 2015, with Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Togo and Mauretania as main importers apart from Nigeria.

It is on this backdrop that the German trade fair specialists fairtrade Messe announce the 4th edition of plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa to open its gates on 05 to 07 December 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana.  

93 exhibitors from 21 countries participate at plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2017
93 exhibitors from 21 countries have registered for agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017. They 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.   

Visitors recommended to pre-register online
Admission to the event is free of charge for visitors. The organiser recommends visitors to pre-register online in order to avoid queues and to secure themselves a free, fast track entry to the exhibition, a personal visitor badge and a complimentary copy of the official show catalogue.

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


Very stable development: Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal are the largest importers of plastics, printing and packaging technology in West Africa – apart from Nigeria 

The West African economy is on the upswing and the organisers of plastprintpack West Africa 2017 and its partner event agrofood West Africa 2017 announce many good news around this event.

Figures of VDMA indicate a very stable development for West Africa’s plastprintpack industry

  • According to the German Engineering Federation VDMA, West Africa imported plastics technology at a value of 142.9 million euro in 2016. Good to know that the major West African markets - apart from Nigeria - are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Togo and Guinea, in this order.    
  • West African imports of printing and paper technology amounted to 121.8 million euro in 2016 compared to 120.0 million euro in 2015, featuring Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea and Senegal as the most important importers apart from Nigeria.   
  • And imports of packaging technology to the area made up for 240.2 million euro in 2016 compared to 237.4 million euro in 2015, with Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Togo and Mauretania as main importers apart from Nigeria.

It is on this backdrop that the German trade fair specialists fairtrade Messe announce the 4th edition of plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa to open its gates on 05 to 07 December 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana.  

90+ exhibitors from 21 countries participate at plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2017
90+ exhibitors from not less than 21 countries have registered for agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2017. They 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.   

Visitors recommended to pre-register online
Admission to the event is free of charge for visitors. The organiser recommends visitors to pre-register online in order to avoid queues and to secure themselves a free, fast track entry to the exhibition, a personal visitor badge and a complimentary copy of the official show catalogue.

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