16 July, 2011
Paper Africa 2011, the first of its kind show in East Africa fully dedicated to paper, print and converting sector took place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi in Kenya from 13 to 15 July 2011, organized by Al Fajer Information and Services. The visitor turnaround taken together for Paper Africa and Plastpack was 3348. While the number of exhibitors for Paper Africa was about 23.
Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, said “Africa is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for the paper industry, which has provided the impetus to organise the event. Manufacturers from all over the world displayed their products and expertise to this untapped and high-potential market. The printing and converting machinery has huge demand in this region. The ideal location of the exhibition attracted visitors from neighbouring countries such as Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. These countries are witnessing a huge surge in demand for paper.”
Khanna added: “Paper Africa 2011 brought together players from the paper, tissue and converting industry. The show offered opportunities for the manufacturers and suppliers of finished products, equipment, machinery, paper chemicals, services, supplies of paper, tissue and converting sector to reach to the African markets.”
Moves to liberalize the economy over the last ten years have paved the way for an investment-friendly environment in Kenya. The economic recovery seeks to achieve 8% growth rate and a high industrial status for Kenya by 2025. Major export markets for Kenya are Tanzania, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Ethiopia.