The first international trade fair for Construction, Infrastructure, Building and Energy in East Africa took place from 11th to 13th February 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.
60 companies from Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Kenya, Poland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and Zambia participated at CIBEX East Africa 2014 and were satisfied with the professional visitor profile and the high quality 3 days B2B-event. A highlight in the exhibitor list was the German participation with 15 companies from one of Europe’s leading economies. It was the first time ever that an official German pavilion was organized at a trade fair in East Africa. Patron was the German Ministry of Economics and Energy using the support of world’s biggest Engineering Association VDMA.
The show was regionally supported by the East African Community (EAC), the government of Kenya, the National Construction Authority, the Kenya Federation of Masterbuilders (KFMB) and the German Chamber of Commerce in Kenya. Other partners include the Federations of Masterbuilders or Contractors from Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
In three days, 1.235 professionals mainly from Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya attended CIBEX East Africa to meet new suppliers, to establish new business relations and to gather information about new products and projects in the East African region. In total traders from 16 countries visited the fair.
Alongside the exhibition visitors had the opportunity to take part at a well attended three days conference that covered subjects like governmental projects, country projects of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia and projects of the Kenyan Federation of Masterbuilders.
Besides the high potential conference program visitors could establish new contacts with participating companies through a matchmaking program organized by Trade & Fairs East Africa and the Kenya Chamber of Commerce.
After the promising start organizers and partners are looking forward to an ongoing growth of CIBEX East Africa in the next years. The upcoming edition will be held from 26th to 28th February 2015.