The 2nd Edition of the Ethiopia International Trade Exhibition was held at Millennium Hall in the Month of March 2019. His Excellency Amb. Mesganu Arga Moach, State Minister of Trade and Industry, Government of Ethiopia, inaugurated the event in Addis Ababa. He was accompanied by Guest of Honour Hon. Mr. Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Among the dignitaries present were the Ambassadors and High Commissioners including 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. The show had a tremendous response from the local visitors who were eager to find the right import and sourcing partners and also the exhibitors who were introduced to the fast growing market of East Africa.
Organized by Expogroup, the show had an exceptional visitor footfall ensuring beneficial interactions for exhibitors with a wide range of business prospects. The expo saw a strong international presence with participants from as many as 31 countries exhibiting their products.
As a proven platform for business to business, the exposition showcased the latest developments in the industry from various organizations, decision makers from the end user industries as well as industry observers and experts who interacted with each other making the event an excellent platform for networking and relationship building. Exhibitors identified the immense potential of the East African markets while the visitors were exposed to explore various new business options.
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 2019 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).
African companies included Ethiopian Steel PLC (Ethiopia), National Converting Agencies (Pty) Ltd (South Africa), Tom Renewable Electric Bike (Ethiopia), General Printers Limited (Kenya), Mjengo Limited (Kenya), GPC Medical Ltd - No Borders Trading PLC (Ethiopia), Lighting Up Solar Manufacturing (Ethiopia), Cape Coaters (Pty) Ltd (South Africa), Milly Glass Works Private Limited (Kenya) and more.
As the biggest business and trade event in Ethiopia, this event became a platform for all industry leaders, innovators, business owners, importers, entrepreneurs and upcoming traders from various industries and backgrounds to source their needs and interact with international brands under one roof. The 3rd Ethiopia International Trade Exhibition scheduled for 24th to 26th February 2021, is being eagerly awaited, bringing together companies from all over the world and facilitating trade and commerce in Ethiopia.
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