The President, Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria (MAN), Engr. Mansur Ahmed, during his welcome address at the opening ceremony of the 2019 edition of the Nigeria Manufacturing Equipment Expo (NME) and Manufacturing Partnership For African Development (mPAD) holding at landmark centre, Lekki, Lagos, from March 12 through to 14, 2019 said you will all recall that about this time last year, we witnessed the co-location of both the 3rd edition of Nigerian Manufacturing Equipment Expo (NME) and the 4th edition of the Nigerian Raw Materials Expo (NIRAM). The 2018 edition of the Expo impacted greatly on the Nigerian economy, as attested to by participants across various sectors of the economy. Indeed, this year’s edition is a continuation of the success story we recorded in 2018 and we are indeed grateful to all those who have continued to support this cause.
Engr Ahmed said “As you are aware, the introduction of The Expo and mPAD by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria is meant to boost the technological base of the Nigerian manufacturing sector which has been identified as one of the banes for the sector’s growth and development. Through this annual international event which provides a common ground for large manufacturing organizations and SMEs to explore new production process that will increase their production output, the Association has taken the challenge of leading the manufacturing sector to play a vital role in the nation’s vision of becoming one of the leading industrialized economies in Africa.
The MAN President noted that as in the previous editions, this 4th edition, will be running simultaneously with the Nigerian Raw Materials (NIRAM) Expo, a programme of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC)which is designed to afford exhibitors as well as visitors the opportunity to be exposed to the entire manufacturing value chain.
“The NIRAM Expo is aimed at creating a platform where stakeholders in the raw materials value chain will come together to synergize, display and trade in available resources and raw materials with the users of these products. With this in mind, we intend to close the information gaps and encourage local sourcing of available raw materials by manufacturing industries which is in line Government backward integration programme.
“Let me also extend our very special thanks and appreciation to Mr. John Coumantaros, Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc for graciously accepting to address us at this opening ceremony on the theme of the event which is: “Optimizing the value chain towards growth and competitiveness in the manufacturing sector”. I have no doubt that John’s deep insights and long experience in the Nigeria Manufacturing sector will add great value to our deliberations and focus our attention to the crucial issues we must address if our manufacturing sector is to truly anchor growth and development of our economy.
“At this point, may I assure all foreign exhibitors, our partners and other stakeholders that members of the Association are prepared to extend their hands of fellowship to investors who may be willing to establish business relationship with manufacturers in Nigeria.
MAN Boss said “May I seize this opportunity to inform you that the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria is already making contributions at the continental level. As you may be aware, MAN has been given a leading role in the establishment of African Manufacturers Association (AMA). This was a fallout of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) held recently in Cairo, Egypt. I was elected the Chairman of the interim Committee saddled with the responsibility of birthing this Pan-African body that would provide the platform for African manufacturers to collectively address the challenges confronting sustainable industrialization of Africa and trade among ourselves. The Director General of MAN was also elected as co-secretary, in conjunction with his Kenyan counterpart.
Let me seize this opportunity to extend our hearty congratulations to our esteemed President and Vice President on their clear victory at the recent general elections. We in the Manufacturing sector can now look forward with confidence that the bold and dynamic policies and purposeful initiatives introduced by the Administration which have helped to rescue our economy from recession, and re-direct it towards sustainable and inclusive growth, will not only be sustained but scaled up!
MAN President noted that “We must commend the Administration for the significant progress made so far in the effort to diversify the economy, especially the remarkable achievements in Agriculture and food security, as well as in the improvements of the business environment. We also acknowledge the Government’s commitment to engage the organized private sector especially through the Industrial Policy and competitiveness Council, and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. We particularly appreciate Mr. President’s setting up of the High level Committee to undertake wide ranging consultations with key stakeholders to assess the impact on and readiness of our various sectors with regards to the “African Continental Free Trade Agreement” before signing the framework Agreement. When this Committee concludes its work and submits its report, we expect that all critical issues and recommendations made by the stakeholders, including MAN, will be considered in taking the final decision on the matter, added he.
The Caption Photo: The President, Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria (MAN), Engr. Mansur Ahmed