"[NME Expo] would be a veritable platform for SMEs who want to boost their output, reduce cost, drive quality improvement,manufacture for new market and also secure funding for growth."

1. Can you provide us with a background details of your organisation, highlighting your major services?

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria is basically a Business Membership Organization (BMO) formed with the sole aim of championing the interest of manufacturers in Nigeria.  MAN seeks to promote, in close cooperation with its members, other organs of the Organized Private Sector (OPS), the government and other stakeholders in the economy, an enabling environment for industrial development, growth and prosperity of the society at large”.

2. What major contributions has your organisation made to support manufacturers and budding entrepreneurs, especially small and medium size organisations?

MAN as an Association has rendered and will continue to render support to manufacturers especially small and medium size organization via its services to members which include but not limited to: Public Policy Advocacy; Monitoring and analyzing of government policies; Economic research and analysis; Capacity building and manpower development; Promotion and organization of trade missions and exhibitions; Promotion of Made-in-Nigeria products; Reconciliation and harmonization of diverse interests of members; Specific intervention on members and sectoral problems; Business Consultancy; Investment and financial advisory services; Local and international business linkages; Seminars and Conferences.

3. It is great to have you as the Event Patron for Nigeria Manufacturing and Equipment Expo, how will you support major players in the manufacturing industry via this platform?

As an event that will be held annually, we hope to use this platform to encourage manufacturing industries in Nigeria to retool and expand their access to foreign market. We shall support business innovation & world class research through use of local inputs. Business opportunities through government procurement will be enhanced. We shall encourage synergy through training for highly skilled workforce. 

4. How relevant do you think the NME Expo and the NIRAM Expo is to solving some of these major challenges?

Challenges of the manufacturing industries in Nigeria are enormous ranging from lack of forex, multiple taxation, poor infrastructure, inconsistency in Government Policies, lack of sustainable power supply to industries and so on.

5. The Nigeria Raw Materials Expo which is now been collocated with the Nigerian Manufacturing and Equipment Expo, is exciting and expected to attract more participation; how do you think it will contribute to the improvement of SME’s and also promote economic growth?

This expository platform is an international exhibition that will have over 3700 local and international manufacturers and manufacturing equipment distributors meet to evaluate the latest technological equipment in the manufacturing industries. It will serve as a veritable platform for manufacturers to retool and network with major international players and avail their employees with the free-to-attend training sessions that over 30 manufacturing experts will offer on the Expo floor. 

6. The Nigeria Raw Materials Expo which is now been collocated with the Nigerian Manufacturing and Equipment Expo, is exciting and expected to attract more participation; how do you think it will contribute to the improvement of SME’s and also promote economic growth?

With the co-location of the Expo with Nigeria Raw Materials Expo (NIRAM), I have no doubt that this year’s edition would be bigger. The infusion of the NIRAM Expo into the NME would afford several companies and countries who have registered as exhibitors and visitors to the expo, a rare opportunity of exposure to the entire manufacturing value chain, which will include machinery, equipment, financial support, professional consultancy and now raw material. It would be a veritable platform for SMEs who wants to boost their output, reduce cost, drive quality improvement, manufacture for new market and also secure funding for growth. It would also provide opportunities for the medium and large size corporations to retool and get local sources of raw materials to boost production and reduce cost and time of procurement. It will facilitate B2B between the SME’s and the large corporation companies in the areas of raw materials, machinery and information exchange.

7. What is the key message you would like to emphasize at the Expo this year?

This platform of the NME provides a good opportunity to grow a sustainable industrial sector for Nigeria. We will explore through this Expo the synergy of bridging our local industrial machine fabricators and the international players to further improve our local technology. While at the same time, the event is expected to resolve the intractable problem of raw material sourcing that is currently challenging most of Nigerian manufacturing companies presently.

8. Could please provide any relevant quote for the NME expo?

To position Nigeria in the global map of industrial development and that will provide easy sourcing of local raw materials & appropriate technology.  

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