APRIL 14, 2024

West Africa Automotive Show Opens In Lagos May 14

The automotive industry in West Africa is gearing up for its most anticipated event of the year - the fourth edition of the West Africa Automotive Show (WAAS) Exhibition and Conference. Scheduled to take place from May 14 to 16, 2024, at the prestigious Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, WAAS 2024 promises to be a gathering of industry leaders, professionals, and enthusiasts from around the globe.

With over 250 exhibitors confirmed from various corners of the world, WAAS 2024 is set to be a melting pot of automotive innovation and expertise. Expecting upwards of 4,500 professional visitors, the event will provide unparalleled networking opportunities and a platform for showcasing cutting-edge technologies and products.

The Conference, chaired by the esteemed Luqman Mamudu, former Director at the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), aims to delve deep into the regional automotive agenda. With a focus on aligning with the renewed ECOWAS and AfCFTA agendas on intra-Africa trade, the Conference will explore crucial topics such as rules of origin protocols, investment opportunities, and manufacturing collaboration among member countries.

One of the key highlights of WAAS 2024 is its emphasis on potential investment opportunities in components and parts manufacturing within the region. Discussions will revolve around fostering manufacturing collaboration based on comparative advantage, thereby creating a win-win scenario for all stakeholders. The Conference will also shed light on critical fiscal policy interventions necessary for economic diversification and employment generation.

In addition to the Conference, WAAS 2024 will feature training sessions on vehicle repair and maintenance, courtesy of Automedics Africa. The Exhibition, spanning three expansive halls, will showcase a diverse array of products and technologies from global players. Notable pavilions include those from China, India, UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and many other countries, reflecting the event's international stature.

Amidst the global presence, WAAS 2024 remains committed to exploring avenues for local automotive components and parts manufacturing. Sessions will delve into supply chain extensions, regional manufacturing opportunities, including reverse engineering and 3D printing, and the economic dynamics of the automotive industry.

As the automotive industry continues to evolve, WAAS 2024 stands as a beacon of progress and collaboration. By fostering dialogue, promoting innovation, and facilitating partnerships, the event aims to propel West Africa's automotive sector to new heights of excellence.

Source: Leadership NG