The 2018 edition of the Nigerian Manufacturing and Equipment Expo will focus on the development of the Small and Medium Enterprise sector.
The organisers of the event, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Clarion Events West Africa and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, made this known at a press conference to unveil the third edition of the NME and fourth edition of the Nigerian Raw Materials Expo.
Speaking during the conference, the Director-General, RMRDC, Dr. Hussaini Ibrahim, who was represented by the Director, Investment and Consulting of the council, Dr. Zainab Hammanga, said that the NIRAM expo was aimed at promoting the utilisation of Nigeria’s abundant raw materials in line with the RMRDC’s mandate of developing Nigerian raw materials as input for sustainable growth and development.
He said, “In view of the fact that most raw materials and resource-based manufacturing industries fall within the Micro, Small And Medium Enterprises, it behoves the RMRDC to focus national attention on the challenges of the resource-based MSMEs, which was why the council, relevant government agencies and a representative of the Organised Private Sector made up the committee for the NIRAM expo.
“The primary objective of the NIRAM expo is to create a platform where stakeholders in the raw materials value chain could come together to synergise, showcase and trade available resources and raw materials with the manufacturing sector. This way, we are able to bridge the information gap and encourage increased sourcing/procurement of locally available raw materials by manufacturing industries.”
Ibrahim disclosed that after the organisation of NIRAM expo in Lagos and Kano, there was a huge increase in the procurement of primary and secondary raw materials as inputs of production adding, “The increase in local raw materials included sourcing for primary raw materials such as tubers, grains, gypsum, Kaolin, calcium carbonate and tropical fruits as well as secondary raw materials such as fruit juice, concentrates, flavours, colorants and resins by local industries to meet their procurement activities.”
He noted that state governments had already indicated interest to participate and showcase the raw materials available in their domains at the 2018 expo, which would hold in March 13th to 15th in Lagos.
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