AFMASS FoodTech Ethiopia – Discover Eastern Africa’s fastest growing and vibrant economy

The AFMASS FoodTech Ethiopia is the trade event for the key decision makers from Ethiopia and North-Eastern Africa region of Africa to trade, network and learn about the latest technologies and innovations in the manufacture, retail and foodservice sectors of the food industry.

The event is scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa in 2020, and then 2022, with the planned to take place every two years.

Set for its debut in 2020, AFMASS FoodTech Ethiopia is the first substantive regular food, beverage and milling industry trade conference and exhibition to be held in the region, covering the entire sector of the industry – from dairy, beverages, meat, horticulture, coffee etc.

It will comprise 3 days of capacity building conference sessions and an Expo Hall where the A-Z of processing, packaging, ingredients, food safety and other products and services can be found in one location.

Ethiopia is the most vibrant economy in Eastern Africa. After many years of being out of the radar of many investors, the economy of the country has posted double digit growth for more than 10 years, bringing with it massive investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism.

In the last 5-10 years, the country has attracted the attention of some of the world’s largest food industry players, including beer giants Heineken, Diageo and Castel and other players including Nestle and Fonterra. Private equity investors have also invested aggressively in the country.

Further, the strong economy has enabled the entry of local entrepreneurs who have invested massively in agro-processing and other food industries.

Recent changes on the political front in the country, which has seen the new administration reduce political tensions and seek greater private sector involvement in the economy, has attracted renewed attention from foreign investors into Ethiopia’s economy.

Ethiopia’s strong agriculture sector is the base from which most of the food, beverage and milling industry thrives, with vast opportunities to increase further agricultural production and local processing and packaging of food.

The country is one of Africa’s leading producer of wheat, maize, oilseeds, pulses, sugar cane, coffee, barley, sorghum, livestock and many more agricultural produce.

Addis Ababa – The Centre of Africa and North-eastern Africa

Addis Ababa is not only Ethiopia’s capital and economic capital, but also the seat of the African Union – Africa’s political union.

Massive investments in the country’s airline – which flies to more destinations around the world more than any other African airline – and the airport infrastructure has made Addis Ababa the largest entry point into Africa, surpassing Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

AFMASS FoodTech Ethiopia brings together delegates and visitors from across the following countries:

  • Ethiopia
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Eritrea
  • Djibouti
  • Somalia
  • and other sub-Saharan African countries.

First industry platform to build local capacity

AFMASS FoodTech Ethiopia will cover the most critical technologies and trends that resonate with the sector in Ethiopia and the North-eastern Africa region that will boost the region’s capacity to add value to its agricultural products and other food products.

The Conference sessions shall bring together 500+ regional and international delegates in daily conference and panel discussion sessions.

A parallel exhibition, open to trade visitors, and where over 2000 visitors are expected over the three days, provide exhibitors and partners the opportunity to trade and reach out to the industry in the broader North-Eastern Africa region.

Geography – Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a land-locked country in the North-eastern region of Africa, but with access to the sea ports through its neighbour Djibouti, potentially, Eritrea, as the two neighbours build trust and peace after decades of unease, and also Kenya through a rail and road project that will link Addis Ababa to the port of Lamb in Kenya.

Ethiopia is bordered to the north by Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan, to the west by South Sudan, to the east by Kenya and Somalia.