Exhibitors highly satisfied with the first agrofood plastpack Ethiopia 2017

An amazing number of 2,615 visitors from 33 countries put a smile on the face of the exhibitors

Minister Dr. Mebratu Meles: "We are committed to work closely with all partners and investors to flourish the agro-industry in Ethiopia"

agrofood plastpack Ethiopia 2017 closed on an extremely positive note as an amazing number of quality visitors  made this first ever professional event for the Ethiopian agrofood & plastpack industry a great success. Exhibitors were all smiles being highly satisfied with the overall organization of the event by the German trade show specialists fairtrade and their Ethiopian partners Prana Promotion. Especially the communication around this launch event was unanimously praised.

Impressive figures on the premiere of agrofood plastpack Ethiopia on 3 to 5 February 2017 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa:

  • 2,615 visitors from 33 countries
  • 48 accredited journalists creating a media hype

Industry portal: Stay in touch with the agrofood Ethiopia 2017 exhibitors and their products here and the plastpack Ethiopia 2017 exhibitors and products here.

High satisfaction rates among exhibitors:

  • 100% would recommend the trade fair
  • 93% satisfied or very satisfied with the number of visitors
  • 91% satisfied or very satisfied with the trade fair in total
  • 89% satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the business contacts and
  • 84% satisfied or very satisfied with the business outlook after the fair

Mind the date: The 2nd agrofood plastpack Ethiopia will take place in NOVEMBER 2018!

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Minister Dr. Mebratu Meles: "We are committed to work closely with all partners and investors to flourish the agro-industry in Ethiopia"

The first agrofood plastpack Ethiopia 2017 was officially opened on 03 February 2017 under the motto "ADDING VALUE TO THE MODERNISATION OF THE ETHIOPIAN AGROFOOD INDUSTRY". Speakers included:

  • H.E. Dr. Mebratu Meles, State Minister, Ministry of Industry
  • Mr Bekele Mekuria, Deputy Director General, Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute
  • Mr Pierre Sentenac, Head of the Economic Service, French Embassy in Ethiopia
  • Mr Stephan Wendt, Head of Economic and Cultural Section, German Embassy Addis Ababa
  • Dr. Axel Klaphake, Country Director, giz
  • Dr. Janette Verrijzer, Policy Officer Aid and Trade, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa
  • Mrs Martina Claus, Head of Market Development Africa, German Engineering Federation (VDMA) - Food Processing & Packaging Machinery Association
  • Mr Martin März, Managing Director, fairtrade

agrofood plastpack Ethiopia is organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade in cooperation with their Ethiopian partners Prana Promotion and sees the participation of top quality exhibitors from 14 countries. The exhibitors come from Austria, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, Togo, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The event enjoys the support by the French association adepta, giz- German association for international cooperation and the German Engineering Federation VDMA. Further trust is given by the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Ethiopian Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute, the Food Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority of Ethiopia and the Chemical and Construction Inputs Industry Development Institute.

Read what our guests of honor said:

H.E. Dr. Mebratu Meles, State Minister, Ministry of Industry

As you might know, the demand for processed food products in Ethiopia is increasing heavily. But there is lack of large-scale food processing companies to drive agro-industrial development and underpin future economic growth.
While agriculture plays a central role in the Ethiopian economy, agro-industries accounted for only 5 per cent of GDP (UNIDO 2012). In terms of contribution to the manufacturing sector, agro-industries, especially food and beverages – account for about 50 per cent, which is the largest share of manufactured goods. (...)


H.E. Ato Bekele Mekuria, Deputy Director General, Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute

Currently the Ethiopian government is inviting local and foreign potential investors to invest on the agrofood sector particularly in value added food and beverage products. As part of our growth and transformation plan we encourage new investors to invest in Ethiopia. (...)


Mr Stephan Wendt, Head of Economic and Cultural Section, German Embassy Addis Ababa

agrofood plastpack Ethiopia 2017 in Addis Ababa is the logical consequence of the fast modernization of the agricultural and food processing sector that we have seen in the shorter past in Ethiopia.

It clearly shows the connection between supply and demand. Ethiopia as the largest importer of food-processing and packaging machinery in East and Central Africa is definitely the right place to host the trade fair “agrofood plastpack Ethiopia". Not only is it the right place but with annual double-digit growth rates in recent years in these sectors, it is also the right time to exhibit the newest technology and conclude business here in Addis Ababa. (...)


Dr. Axel Klaphake, Country Director, giz

In line with the aims of Ethiopia's Growth Transformation Plan II and Agricultural Growth Plan II, Germany and GIZ work together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to help small-scale farmers to produce more food and generate more income.

We help improve access to certified seeds and other agricultural inputs through farmer seed producers and in cooperation with German seed suppliers and Ethiopian seed research instituts. (...)


Mrs Martina Claus, Head of Market Development Africa, German Engineering Federation (VDMA) - Food Processing & Packaging Machinery Association

Packaged food and beverages form the best-performing industries in Africa, despite the challenges for the economies.

This is especially true for Ethiopia, the country with the second largest population on the African continent. In the last ten years the annual value of food and beverages produced in the country has increased ten times to 2.4 billion Euros in 2015. In the same period the annual imports of machinery for food and beverage processing and packaging from all over the world have nearly quintupled to 90 million Euros. These figures reflect the growing demand for processed and packaged foods and beverages in this country. (...)