By Jonah Nwokpoku
West Africa’s largest packaging, printing and plastics exhibitions, Propak will by September return to Lagos to boost Nigeria’s value added base especially in the manufacturing sector. Organisers of Propak, Afrocet Montgomery, said the exhibition, which attracts global players in manufacturing and fast moving consumer goods, FCMG sector is expected to welcome 150 exhibitors and over 3, 000 visitors over three days to the Landmark Center in Lagos.
Afrocet said amidst concerns over the dwindling revenue profile of Nigeria from unstable global oil prices, trade exhibitions that paint Nigeria as a veritable investment destination are essential at this time, adding that, “With an unprecedented rise in Nigeria’s middle class, population growth and the dramatic need for employment, the country has no alternative to developing a strong value added manufacturing base.”
According to Afrocet, the conference and exhibition will provide veritable opportunity for policy makers and industry experts to gather and discuss the industry’s roadmap and confront challenges whilst also drawing leading global manufacturers to the region in order to facilitate growth.
Director of Exhibition, George Pearson told Vanguard: “It is exactly for this purpose that Propak West Africa was established. The exhibition provides huge foreign investment opportunities for the region. Propak West Africa is the biggest international exhibition of its kind within the processing and packaging industry. We are bringing representatives from thirty different countries from over 100 exhibitors.
What we want to do is raise the profile of the packaging and printing industries in particular and hopefully we can bring those countries in to focus on these markets.”He also disclosed that “Food processing and packaging element of the Propak’s Conference programme that is expected to attract particular attention this year. Stakeholders in the sector are increasingly of the belief that it has the capacity to become Nigeria’s highest revenue earner, if strategically supported and encouraged.
With leading food brands and consumer goods companies such as Diageo speaking, the event will provide a strategic forum for the sector and help boost the nation’s competitiveness in the global market.” He added: “This year, the FoodPro element of the conference programme is centred around innovation; alongside themes of automation solutions and local and international market challenges. Moreover, with poor innovation in the packaging industry flagged as a factor inhibiting Nigeria’s fast moving consumer goods – the organisers have invited leading innovation managers from global FMCG brands technology experts.”