VeronaFiere takes excellence in stone design & technology and construction equipment sector to Africa. 2-5 November 2015: Cairo is home to the second edition of the event, this year flanked by Projex Africa – the exhibition dedicated to the construction industry with a focus on green and smart building.
Twenty public-private partnership projects – worth a total of nearly 4 billion – will be contracted out before the end of 2016: they range from the Maadi Contact Centre (210 million USD), to the Safaga industrial port (510 million USD) and the construction of four new stadiums (360 million USD).
The recent announcement by President Al Salam and the Ministry of Finance confirms that Egypt is enjoying a full recovery, becoming an ideal destination for investments and business opportunities in the construction industry.
Against this positive scenario, Cairo is home again 2-5 November to MS Marmomacc + Samoter Africa & Middle East. This Veronafiere initiative in collaboration with Egyptian partners Art Line and Expolink takes to African markets international excellence marble and natural stone (materials and processing machinery) and construction engineering – joined this year by Projex Africa, the dedicated construction industry exhibition with a focus on green and smart building.
The 2014 edition of Marmomacc MS + Samoter Africa & Middle East attracted 120 exhibitors from 7 countries (Italy, Egypt, China, India, Turkey, Russia and Poland) and visits by official delegations from 16 countries.
Once again this year, the International Buyers Programme will be a strong-point of the two events: delegations are expected from 26 African and Middle Eastern Countries – Algeria, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia – for a total of over 100 highly qualified international operators who will be involved in B2B appointments with exhibitors.
With the aim of expanding knowledge of the building sector in Africa – state of the art, major works and future prospects – the programme of the two events will also be enhanced by a series of workshops, conferences and conventions, starting from the special Country Focus events on Ethiopia (2 November 2015) and Angola (3 November 2015), two African realities with the highest potential, stable growth in GDP and major infrastructural, housing and tourism development plans.
The entire day of 2 November will be dedicated to Green Building, with a conference involving not only GBC Egypt but also chapters from several more dynamic African countries also attentive to construction innovation and sustainability issues.
Veronafiere’s keen interest in the world of international architects and designers is confirmed by the B2A event – Business to Architects: around thirty African architects will take part in a special training programme (3 November) dedicated to Egyptian natural stone that includes a guided walk-around tour of the exhibition with visits to companies.
Another innovation for 2015 is the Institutions Area, another initiative designed to promote networking: the trade fair will welcome institutions and professional associations in the building world from a dozen or so countries.
With MS Marmomacc + Samoter Africa & Middle East and Projex Africa, Veronafiere confirms its great interest in a continent (where it is already active in Morocco with Medinit EXPO) of significant promise in the construction sector, with growth in GDP estimated at 5.2% per year in 2015-16 and an imports of building materials worth 29 billion USD/year. The two Egyptian events seek to become an exceptional platform, showcase and landmark in the sector for Africa as a whole.
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