Ethiopia’s Multi-Billion Dollar Food and Packaging Industry Attracts 142 Global Tech Leaders from 18 Countries

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An estimated 142 global technology leaders from 18 countries are set to convene in Ethiopia for the country’s latest edition of the agrofood and plastprintpack conference, a high-profile event for the agriculture, food and packaging industries.

Due to the upbeat market development and an ever-increasing interest in the Ethiopian market, the International Trade Show has continued to attract investors.

Between 2012 and 2017 Ethiopia’s imports of plastics machinery increased by 22% annually, from 12 million Euros ($13.36 million) in 2012 to 35 million Euros ($38.96 million) in 2017. The country is also the second largest importer of printing, paper processing and packaging technology in East and Central Africa

In fact, Ethiopia’s imports of printing and paper processing technology increased by 18% annually, from 8 million Euros in 2012 to 18 million Euros in 2017. Its imports of packaging technology grew by 48% annually, from 5 to 35 million Euros.

With 142 global technology leaders from 18 countries participating, the 2019 agrofood and plastprintpack event will be more than twice as big as last year.

Organised by the German trade show specialists fairtrade Messe, in cooperation with their Ethiopian partners Prana Events, the event is scheduled for 09 to 11 May 2019 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.

The affair features a significant international presence with exhibitors coming from Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

The event has received strong institutional support from within Ethiopia with backing from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as the Ethiopian Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute, among other stakeholders.

The conference has also garnered powerful support internationally from organisations such as: ACIMGA, adepta French Agrofood Association, AMAPLAST, DLG German Agricultural Society, Embassies of Germany, France, Italy and Turkey, German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, GIZ, ITA Italian Trade Agency, NABC Netherlands African Business Council, and the Turkish Ministry of Trade, among others

Among the most important topics covered by Ethiopian and European experts are: Financing for Ethiopian SMEs; Recycling in Ethiopia: Development-oriented business opportunities; Reducing food losses and waste; Post-harvest losses; and Ethiopia’s ambitious targets up to 2025 – High sustainable GDP growth

According to the Ethiopian government, Ethiopia, will soon become the manufacturing hub of Africa, and its population shall achieve middle-income status. All this shall be reached within the framework of a carbon neutral economy.

The country is demonstrating continuous and high GDP growth for over 14 years now. As a result, Ethiopia became one of the world’s fastest growing economies and an impressive investment destination in Africa.

Ethiopia’s plastics industry is growing at a breathtaking pace. The Country Cluster of European Plastics and Rubber Machinery confirms significant growth for Ethiopia.

With 100% of raw materials imported mainly from the Middle East, Europe and Asia, the Ethiopian market has great potential for exporters of plastics in primary forms.

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