REMARKS BY ENGR. MANSUR AHMED, PRESIDENT, MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA(MAN) AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE 2019 NIGERIA MANUFACTURING & EQUIPMENT EXPO (NME) HELD ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 AT MAN HOUSE, 77, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO WAY, IKEJA, LAGOS
It is with pleasure that I welcome esteemed gentlemen of the Press to this press conference which is aimed at intimating you and the general public with the preparations for the 4th Edition of the Nigeria Manufacturing Expo (NME) and the 5th Edition of the Nigerian Raw Materials Expo (NIRAM) of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC).
On behalf of our partners, Clarion Events West Africa, I wish to express our deep appreciation for your unwavering support for this project through insightful reportage since we started the event in 2016.
The successes we have achieved so far cannot be recounted without acknowledging your efforts in providing adequate publicity for the event. This has indeed contributed in no small measure to the growth of the manufacturing sector through providing effective avenue for local manufacturers to source for equipment for retooling and alternative raw materials.
As you may have seen from some of the event collaterals, the 2019 Edition of the Expo with the theme: “Optimizing Value Chain towards Growth and competitiveness in the Manufacturing Sector” is scheduled to hold from Tuesday, 12th March through Thursday, 14th March, 2019 at Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Expo has made a significant impact on the Nigerian economy by providing opportunity for over 3,700 manufacturers and manufacturing equipment distributors to evaluate the latest manufacturing equipment, machine tools, technologies, spare parts and manufacturing raw materials that are on display by over 120 leading local and international suppliers from France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, South Africa, India and Nigeria.
The event is targeted at Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and intending entrepreneurs to equip them with information on new processes and ways of boosting their production output, improving product quality, reducing cost and manufacturing for new markets. I have no doubt that, as in the past the Expo will impact greatly on the Nigerian economy. This has been attested to by past participants across various sectors of the economy.
The NME exhibition is unique as it runs side by side with a conference on Manufacturing Partnership for African Development (mPAD). It also creates opportunities for free training, access to finance, retooling and networking across major sub-sectors of the industry. I have no doubt that this edition would be better as the co-location with the Nigerian Raw Materials Expo would afford exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to be exposed to the entire manufacturing value chain.
I hope that the media will remain a strategic partner with MAN in this and other projects through information dissemination, sensitization, enlightenment, and mobilization of the public to the event. Having played effective role through coverage of our advocacy programmes, it will not be out of place to commend you once again for the unwavering support and co-operation which you have extended to the Association, and by extension, the manufacturing sector over the years.
I have no doubt we can rely on your continuous support of this project as media partners through necessary coverage and incisive reportage of the 3-day engagement as it will be of immense value to the government and the public in general.
On behalf of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Raw Materials and Research Development Council (RMRDC) and the event organiser, Clarion Events West Africa, I welcome you once more to this conference, while hoping that the 2019 edition of the NME will be given utmost reportage on your different media platforms.
Thank you and God bless.
Engr. Mansur Ahmed
President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria