Ethiopian agrofood market attracts more countries George Tah 9th April 2018 African Business News, Economic EventsFairtrade Messe und Ausstellungs GmbH & Co. KG The second edition of agrofood scores an outstanding participation of international market leaders. More than 60 exhibitors from 17 countries present their innovations at the International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food, Plastics, Printing and Packaging. The event is organised by the German exhibition specialists fairtrade and their Ethiopian partners Prana Events. Martin März, Founder and Managing Partner of Fairtrade Martin März, Founder and Managing partner of Fairtrade (pictured) said: “Building on the great results of the first edition in 2017, the quality of exhibitors at the 2018 trade fair is now once again set to improve significantly.” Agrofood and plastprintpack Ethiopia 2018 is a real international event as the exhibitors come from Austria, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA. The organisers targets more than 3,000 trade visitors for the 2018 event. “After the 2017 event already saw 2,615 trade visitors from 33 countries participating”, continues Martin März, “we now target for more than 3,000 trade visitors to profit from this occasion and discuss their business with world leading suppliers from around the globe.” French agrofood association adepta, the German Society for International Cooperation GIZ, ITA-Italian Trade Agency and VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery, all supports the event. Facts on Ethiopia Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest economy and with GDP-growth rates of between 6 and 10%, also one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With imports of 128 million Euros in 2016, Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest importer of food process and packaging machinery, and with 31 million Euros also the 2nd largest of agro-technology. Ethiopia is also East and Central Africa’s largest importer of plastics in primary forms with a phenomenal annual growth rate of 46% between 2011 and 2014, reaching 527 million Euros in 2014. And it is the 2nd largest importer of plastics and packaging machinery with annual growth rates of 25 and 59%.