In February 2013, the Institute of Packaging Professionals-U.S. signed an agreement with the Institute of Packaging Professionals-Kenya to license its new Fundamentals of Packaging Technology online course and make the comprehensive packaging training program available to IoPP members in Kenya, and other countries in the region.
This educational program was introduced through the support of the African Packaging Organisation and the World Packaging Organisation educational network. Program funding was provided by corporate sponsors to offset costs for participating Kenyan students. Among the first to contribute funding to this program was IPACK-IMA Spa.
The following students are in the process of completing the program:
• Betsy Bowen, Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI)
• Mike Cheloti, KIRDI
• Ronald Kemboi, KIRDI
• Esther Kyuvi, KIRDI
• Daniel Lemutukei, KIRDI
• Weldon Mutai, Kenya Tea Packers (KETEPA)
• Simiyu Wamalwa,KETEPA
• Sarah Gikonyo, Nestle Equatorial Africa
• Racheal Nanjala, Competitive Options (packaging training and general consultancy)
• Paul Matisya, Kenya Bureau of Standards
• Shiyoya Zippy, Tetrapak Kenya
Through their participation, the KIRDI students agreed they have gained a new perspective on packaging that will be able to demonstrate "an edge when it comes to packaging products." They also emphasized that their newly acquired skills will provide KIRDI with a platform to develop and integrate packaging into its overall system.
Joseph Nyongesa, president, IoPP-Kenya, states how vital the program is globally and demographically. "This program will go a long way in uplifting packaging standards in Kenya," says Nyongesa. "I am also proud to announce that 40 percent of the participants were women. Empowering women is a major priority in Kenya, the UN and around the world. I am positive that this will inspire and encourage other sponsors to participate in this program."
Guido Corbella, CEO of IPACK-IMA Spa, also emphasizes the importance of this program. "By helping to educate the next generation of packaging professionals on a global level, IPACK-IMA is honored to support those in the program who will be extending their expertise through the development of advanced packaging technologies that will ensure regional food is kept healthy, safe and plentiful." says Corbella. "We are proud of the first round of students who are successfully completing Fundamentals of Packaging Technology."
These technologies will be displayed at East Afripack, the show dedicated to processing, packaging and Converting Technologies in the EAC area (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda).
An international exhibition, organized by Ipack-Ima in partnership with UN agency UNIDO, the East African Community and Kenya's Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development, to be held from Sept. 9-12, 2014. The show provides a key opportunity to get in touch with companies seeking technological up-grade in a rapidly expanding region where after-harvest food losses and the safe preservation of both food and non-food products pose a crucial challenge.
Companies interested in supporting the sponsorship program should inquire at [email protected].
About the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)
IoPP is the leading individual membership organization serving the educational needs of the global packaging community. It is committed to providing continuing educational programs of interest and value to all packaging professionals. These programs cover all packaging related areas of business and technology, as well as fundamental principles. The organization, its activities and operations support the development of the best possible packaging programs and events. For more information, please visit www.iopp.org.
About the World Packaging Organisation
The World Packaging Organisation is a non-profit, non-governmental, international federation of national packaging institutes and associations, regional packaging federations and other interested parties including corporations and trade associations. For more information, please visit www.worldpackaging.org.
About the African Packaging Organisation
To bring to the attention of African states the role that packaging can play in addressing some of the major development challenges facing the continent. "A World of Quality Packaging for Africa." For more information visit http://africapack.org.
About IPACK-IMA Spa
IPACK-IMA Spa organizes exhibitions for the processing and packaging technology industries. Its biggest asset is the historical exhibition IPACK-IMA, which has become a reference for all field operators and plays a crucial role in the development of packaging and processing systems in Italy. Learn more about IPACK-IMA Spa at www.ipackima.it and www.ipack-ima.com.
Source: IPACK-IMA SPA