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The government pledges to support East Afripack2014

10 September 2014, 23:01 Mike Munga

Nairobi - The government of Kenya has pledged its support to the East Afripack 2014 exhibition which was launched Tuesday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary,  Adan Mohamed, who opened the exhibition, said the exposition is aimed at promoting industrial development by helping participants to explore new technologies on how to process and package  their products in order to suite the worldwide market.

 “The need of food in East Africa grows and it’s good to encourage good packaging so that it can help in compounding the major food problem in the country as it’s essential because a consumer sees it before the product itself,” he said.

The CS urged the packaging companies to start their plants in the East Africa region so that they can help in creating new opportunities.

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“Over 70 percent of global trade is in manufacturing goods and Africa still lags behind the major problem being packaging,” he said.

East Africa Community Secretary General, Richard Sezibera, said there is need for transforming the region’s economy beyond natural resource sectors.

He noted that manufacturing sector contribution is continuing increasing and packaging is critical especially in Agro processing where perishable foods tends to decay easily if not properly packaged. He called upon the participants to take full advantage of the exhibition to develop their products.

Managing Director Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, UNIDO, Philippe R.Scholtes,   in attendance said their organisation is dedicated to inclusive and sustainable industrialization all over the world.

He said that most of the industrial activities in the world originate from small and medium enterprises which contribute to value added tax and export of jobs a reason why they are attending the exhibition.

“Our company interviewed more than 1,000 industries and more felt that there is need to expand their industries and packaging skills and Afripack does it by cross packaging the products ,” said  Scholtes adding that most consumers weighs the product by looking how it’s packaged.

Chairman Scientific Committee Prof. Emeritus Milan University, Claudio Peri, said a technological development in the food sector cannot be defined as sustainable if it doesn’t take into consideration the whole chain, from production of raw materials to the consumption of food.

He said the event will also be used to teach consumers on education and training and research and development.

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