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.
Read what our exhibitors said
Mr Ahmed A. Omah
Graphics Packaging Communications LLC. (Nigeria Packaging)
Nigeria Packaging is Nigera’s Premier Print and Electronic Media on the fast-growing packaging industry. Ghana/West Africa is an emerging market with a lot of potential - in terms of packaging. Our main target at plastprintpack West Africa 2017 is to meet small and medium enterprises as well as start-up businesses.
Mr Gilbert Le Grand
Royal Crown Packaging - Sales Officer
Royal Crown Packaging is a manufacturer of corrugated paper cartons, which commenced business in Ghana on the 4th of May 2015. Our aim is to provide international standards in the manufacture and supply of the highest quality corrugated products to our chosen markets and establish Royal Crown Packaging Limited as a leading supplier on the African continent.
Our main target here at plastprintpack West Africa 2017 is to create awareness for new packaging ideas and solutions to manufacturing industries both large and SMEs, exporters and importers of food and beverage products at a cost-effective rate.
Yes, we are satisfied with the event and the quality of the professional visitors. The event has given us the opportunity to meet new prospects.