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The Buildexpo Ethiopia Exhibition held at Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa was successfully concluded on 23rd March 2020. Inaugurated by H. E. Ambassador Misganu Arega State Minister for Ministry of Trade, Government of Ethiopia along with H.E. Mr. Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of UAE Ministry of Economy and Hon. Mr. Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the event focused on catering to the demand for quality building and construction – equipment, materials and products in Ethiopia, which at 8.5% is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Buildexpo Ethiopia showcased products and machinery used globally in the construction and infrastructure sectors. The building sector in Ethiopia has seen double digit growth, expanding by 37% annually, and is ushering in a new phase of development for the country.
The 3 day multi country international trade event in Ethiopia hosted exhibitors from 31 countries. Showcasing the latest products and innovations which are now being made available to the Ethiopian industries the event was headlined by a massive contingent of companies forming the U.A.E pavilion which was supported by the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates and the German Pavilion supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economy. This special pavilion was followed closely by companies from China, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, India, Turkey, Qatar, Malaysia, Russia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Companies from the African continent especially from Kenya, South Africa and Ethiopia also participated among the worlds’ leading global brands.
The various dignitaries in attendance included H.E. Mr. Mohammad Salem Al Rashidi, Hon. Mr. Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, accompanied by H.E. Mr. Pavel Mikeš, Ambassador of the Embassy of Czech Republic, H.E. Mrs. Brita Wagener, Ambassador of the Embassy of Germany, H.E. Mr. Luiz Eduardo de Aguiar Villarinho Pedroso, Ambassador of the Embassy of Brazil, H.E. Mr. Hoon-min Lim Ambassador of the Embassy of Republic Of Korea, H.E. Mr. Osama Mahmoud Abdelkhalek, Ambassador of the Embassy of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Md. Monirul Islam, Ambassador of the Embassy of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Dieudonné Ndabarushimana Ambassador of the Embassy of Burundi, H.E. Mr. Promise S. Msibi, Ambassador of the Embassy of Eswatini, H.E. Mr. Drahomir Stos, Ambassador of the Embassy of Slovakia, H.E. Mr. Sumith Dassanayake, Ambassador of the Embassy of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Albert Ranganai Chimbindi, Ambassador of the Embassy of Zimbabwe. The dignitaries also met and extended their support to the companies representing their countries at the event.
Highlighting key sectors to promote and introduce new products equipment and services to the upcoming Ethiopian market was the primary goal for the Ethiopia International Trade exhibition. Sectors included building and construction, automotive and spare parts, power and energy, consumer products, food, agriculture, healthcare, printing, packaging and more. The event brought the Ethiopian market closer to world class industry leading products and services.
At the much awaited 2020 edition H. E. Ambassador Misganu Arega addressed ambassadors, trade delegations and representatives from various countries and ministries present at the venue. He said, “The trade exhibition provides an important opportunity for the business community in Ethiopia to gather at one place and time. It involves exchanges of ideas, opinions, experience and a discussion of available potential opportunities and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation between its participants.” On the progress made by Ethiopia among the world leaders, His Excellency also reiterated that As Ethiopia is fast emerging to become a free demand based economy, the government is devoting a high share of its budget to trade development programs and investments.”
Some of the leading exhibitors showcasing their products included Toyo Ink (Turkey), Gulf Rubber Industries (UAE), Everdigm Corp. (Korea), Ramco Industries Limited (India), Qatar National Aluminium Panel Co. (Qatar), Memaar Building Systems (UAE), Pakistan Cables Limited (Pakistan), Aquagas Plastic Industries LLC (UAE), Pidilite Industries Ltd (India), Dieffenbacher (Germany), Petrovoll (UAE), Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd (Bangladesh), Tak Makaron Co (Iran), ACTO Gmbh (Germany), XEMA Co., Ltd. (Russia), AB Diagnostic Systems (Germany), Vijai Electricals Limited (India), Microtex Solar Batteries (India), Emirates National Plastic Industries (UAE), Hotpack Packaging Industries LLC (UAE), Syntronics Limited (Pakistan), Printex Hamburg Gmbh (Germany), Italco Middle East FZE (UAE).
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