The 7th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa finally opened on 29 November, featuring a strong number of 98 exhibitors from 22 countries
Business talks started immediately after the exhibition was opened by high-ranking representatives from government and trade agencies from West Africa and around the world. “It is my great pleasure to be here today with you for the official opening of the 7th agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2022. I bring you warm regards from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and special greetings from our Honourable Minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto,” said Eric Bentsil Quaye, Ministry of Food and Agriculture MOFA Ghana.
The vision of the Ministry is a modernised agriculture culminating in a structurally transformed economy and evident in food security, employment opportunities and reduced poverty. International exhibitors, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia and journalists gathered to exhibit and discuss the latest technologies needed to improve the entire value chain. “We are looking forward to facilitating fruitful meetings over the next three days between Ghanaian and international companies,” added Quaye.
“We are proud to bring to this important exhibition a large and qualified delegation of 20 Italian manufacturers of machinery and products for the plastic, the printing, the packaging and the agribusiness industries. We are sure their presence in Accra will allow Ghanaian companies to learn more about the possibilities Italy can offer to upgrade local production, allowing it, on the one hand, to better respond to the increasingly sophisticated domestic demand, and, on the other hand, to address foreign markets with more added value products,” said Daniela d`Orlandi, Italian Ambassador to Ghana and Togo.
The Italian Pavilion at plastprintpack and agrofood West Africa represents a major step along with the Italian industrial Association UCIMA, AMAPLAST, ACIMGA and AssoFoodTech. The Italian Pavillion is organised under the auspices of the City of Rome that is candidate to host the 2030 World Exposition.
Tjalling Wiarda, general manager of Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council (GNBCC) said, “We as GNBCC are happy to be involved in the 7th edition of this trade show where we are present with our own Dutch pavilion. We want to thank the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for financially supporting the pavilion.”