In today press conference held at MAN House in Lagos, Otunba Francis Meshioye, President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), unveiled key information about the upcoming 8th Edition of the Nigeria Manufacturing and Equipment Expo (NME) and the 9th Edition of the Nigerian Raw Materials Expo (NIRAM). MAN President continues these events are organized by MAN and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Meshioye expressed his gratitude to the media for their consistent support since the project’s inception in 2016. He emphasized the crucial role of the media in providing extensive coverage and publicity to the Expo, contributing to its success over the years.
The theme for the 2023 event is “Future Manufacturing: Building a Sustainable Roadmap to the Industrialization of Nigeria.” He noted that this theme reflects the need for forward-thinking, environmentally responsible, and industry-supportive strategies in manufacturing, highlighting the pivotal role of manufacturing in economic and social development in the region.
Meshioye stressed the Expo’s significance as the preeminent event covering all aspects of the manufacturing value chain. The focus this year is on innovative strategies, cutting-edge technologies, and sustainable practices that can contribute to the growth of the African manufacturing ecosystem. Topics of discussion will include disruptive technologies like Blockchain, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Green Energy, and Augmented Reality, which are shaping the future of manufacturing.
The President of MAN emphasized the importance of harnessing these innovations to foster self-sufficiency and the use of locally sourced raw materials. He also highlighted the significance of financing and logistics support services in driving manufacturing endeavors.
The 2023 NME will take place from November 21st to 23rd, 2023, at the Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event provides a vital platform for manufacturers to explore novel production processes that enhance output, reduce expenses, elevate product quality, and diversify into new product lines.
As part of the Expo, the Manufacturing Partnership for African Development (mPAD) conference will bring together thought leaders in the manufacturing sector, policymakers, and government regulatory agencies to address challenges and generate innovative ideas for industry growth. Prof. Pat Utomi and distinguished manufacturers will lead these discussions he disclosed.
Additionally, the Raw Material Research & Development Council (RMRDC) will offer masterclasses featuring the latest research findings, and there will be a Women in Manufacturing session, allowing accomplished women in the field to share their experiences with aspiring female manufacturers.
The media’s role as strategic partners to provide extensive publicity was acknowledged, and it was emphasized that attendance is free, but preregistration is required for effective planning and coordination. Registration details are available in marketing brochures.
The President of MAN extended a warm welcome to the press and expressed the hope that the 2023 NME/NIRAM Expo will receive top priority across various media platforms. Otunba Francis Meshioye concluded the conference by making himself available for questions from the press.