The organisers Clarion Events West-Africa and some of their major partners and sponsors held a conference for these highly anticipated business events on the 6th of March 2017, to further boost the confidence of the visitors, exhibitors & the Nigerian business environment on what to expect.
Present at this press conference were:
1, Dr Frank Udemba Jacobs. PhD, FICCON, FCSN, MON. President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
2, Dr Hussaini D. Ibrahim. Director General / CEO, Raw Materials Research & Development Council.
3, Mr Segu Ajayi Kadir. Director General, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
4, Mr Dele Alimi. Managing Director, Clarion Events West-Africa
5, Mrs Omolara Akinfolarin. Head – MSME Banking, Sterling Bank PLC
6, Mr Nduka Udeh. Simplified Corporate Logistics.
Nigeria Manufacturing & Equipment Expo is principally targeted at SME’s to equip them with information on new processes on ways of boosting their production output, reducing cost, improving product quality and manufacturing for new markets.
Dr Frank Udemba Jacobs, president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), confirmed that this forthcoming edition of Nigeria Manufacturing & Equipment Expo has attracted over 4000 visitors & exhibitors. “This is against our initial projection of about 3700. Such participants include MAN member-companies and other manufacturers, multinationals, large and small/medium industries as well as manufacturing equipment distributors from over 120 leading local & international suppliers
I have no doubts that this year’s edition would be better. Especially as it was designed to be held simultaneously with the Nigeria Raw Materials Expo (NIRAM). The Infusion of NIRAM Expo into the NME would afford exhibitors and visitors the opportunity of exposure to the entire manufacturing value chain, which would include machinery, equipment, financial services, professional consultancy and information on raw materials sourcing” – Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs. President MAN.
Dr Hussaini D. Ibrahim. Director General / CEO, Raw Materials Research & Development Council provided us with more information about the Nigeria Raw Materials Expo (NIRAM Expo).
We learnt that this particular business event will promote the diversification of the economy in line with the Agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria by encouraging the growth and development of resource-based micro, small and medium scale manufacturing industries involved in the agricultural mineral sectors, who are expected to benefit from the networking at the event.
The theme of this year’s NIRAM EXPO is Attending Sustaining Industrial Development in Nigeria through Efficient Utilization of Resources Endowments and the events is set to surpass this theme as everything necessary have been put in place to ensure that NIRAM EXPO and the other two co-located business events assist in the sustenance of a resource-based economy by providing the means for the sourcing of raw materials, equipment, finance and logistics for the country’s industrial development.
Mrs Omolara Akinfolarin. Head – MSME Banking, Sterling Bank PLC, talked about the need for supporting MSME’s, Start-Ups, Women In Business & Made In Nigeria productions as one of the major driving factors behind the support coming from Sterling Bank.
Mr Dele Alimi. Managing Director, Clarion Events West-Africa stated that there will be three different conference themes for the three co-located events and all visitors will be given free access to these conferences.He stated that the Manufacturing Partnership For African Development (mPAD) will review what has happened in the industrial sector within the past 12-months in relation to the decisions that were made at the Manufacturing Partnership For African Development (mPAD) last year. Then there will be a fresh review of the challenges that manufacturers are facing.
Mr Dele Alimi also stated that mPAD is an exclusive conference for top executives, Government officials, members executive committee of Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN) and some specially invited CEO’s manufacturing companies in Nigeria.