The 2018 African Food & Products Exhibition & Conference (AFPE) themed Non-Oil Exports: Scaling Up Productivity to Meet Global Demand, came to a close on May 26th, 2018. Celebrating its 2nd Edition, the biggest Food and Products Exhibition & Conference was held at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Lagos and attracted SMEs, Start-up business owners, MSMEs, International & local suppliers & distributors of food & beverage products, chain stores, independent sellers, key decision and policy makers from leading Nigerian and American organizations. The two day event presented a viable opportunity for exhibiting companies to grow their sales, showcase their products to a target audience and strike million dollars international deals.
AFPE continues to be a high-quality marketplace for decision makers and end-consumers to network, research and buy new products and services. The 2 Day event promoted the development of trade, commerce, investment and industrial technological relationships between the public and private sectors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United States of America and had in attendance, John Bray, U.S. Consul General, Lagos, Nigeria; Mr. Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director, Bank of Industry; CEOs of leading Nigerian and multinational firms, Captains of Industries, Private Sector Investors, agencies of The United States Mission etc.
The Conference sessions delivered by seasoned professionals focused on SME funding journey, Access to Market, Access to Business Funding, Tapping into the Opportunities in the Export Value Chain and AGOA: A key competitiveness in the US Market.
John Bray called for the modernization of the local economy particularly the agricultural sector to meet Nigeria’s population growth and development. According to him, opportunities abound in all the 36 states in the country to create more businesses in the agricultural sector to provide jobs for more Nigerians.