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Food and Beverage West Africa postponed until 2021

As highlighted in previous communications, the BtoB Events Ltd team have been carefully monitoring the situation regarding the pandemic and the effects that it will have on the hosting of the Food and Beverage West Africa Exhibition. Despite the outlook in Nigeria being rather encouraging, with the case numbers reducing on a daily basis and the international airport opening earlier this month the global picture is not quite as promising.

We recently introduced a survey for our all of our exhibitors and partners requesting their feedback and preference with regards to when to host the next edition of FAB West Africa. The feedback we receive is absolutely paramount to us, and over 90% of exhibitors confirmed that they would prefer for the exhibition to take place in 2021 as opposed to December 2020. We have therefore decided that the correct decision is to postpone the FAB West Africa exhibition to new dates in 2021.

The new dates for the exhibition will be June 16th – 18th 2021, at the Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

These new dates provide us with enough time to feel absolutely confident of hosting a fantastic event with a huge turnout. A number of vaccination programs look likely to be rolled out in Q1 2021, which will also help to alleviate any concerns.

The FAB West Africa exhibition will continue to be organised in line with the BtoB Events global ‘All Secure Standard’ for the safe opening of exhibitions.

Kind Regards

The Food and Beverage West Africa Team

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Concerns rise over annual importation of 700,000mt of sugar into Nigeria

The Federal Government has raised concern over the annual importation of about 700,000 metric tonnes (MT) of sugar into the country despite the abundance of the resource locally. 

The Minister Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, who was on a facility tour of the Flour Mills Nigeria Plc Sunti Golden Sugar Estates, in Mokwa, Niger State, stressed the government’s readiness to support the private sector in ensuring Nigeria achieved self-sufficiency in sugar production.

The move comes against the backdrop of the implementation of the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan, aimed at attracting over $1 billion annually in local and foreign direct investments, and creating an estimated 107,000 jobs over the first 10-year period.

The Minister said efforts by the private sector to boost sugar production would go a long way in reducing the level of unemployment, saying: “Nigeria is working towards being self-sufficient in sugar, we have been able to do it in cement, and we are trying to do it in sugar.

“As time goes on, we will not import sugar anymore; we will produce more than enough for our use and possibly export. We also want to take advantage of the Africa Developmental Free Trade Area Agreement, so that we can export to other African countries,” Adebayo said.

However the Chairman Suntai Golden Sugar Estates, John Coumantaros, disclosed that it has invested about N64billion into production in the country, and still intends to invest an additional N34billion in infrastructural development for the host community and the factory.

He disclosed that Nigeria consumes about 1.3million MT, while the Suntai and Savanah Farms produce about 600,000MT, meaning, the country imports 700,000MT of sugar annually.

The Chairman disclosed that added that the company plans to engage over 60,000 Nigerians in direct and indirect employment over the next 10 years, adding that “with about 17,000 hectares of land they would be producing about 100,000-150,000MT of sugar when the land is fully developed, we currently produce for the local market.”

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Source: The Guardian, January 2020

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