The Big 5 Construct Kenya: Middle East countries eye Kenya as Africa’s trading hotspot

Big 5 KenyaMarking Kenya as a vital entry point to East African markets, the number of Middle East countries exhibiting at this year’s The Big 5 Construct Kenya has increased, with Kuwait and Egypt signing up to open country pavilions at the event

The Big 5 Construct Kenya runs from 5-7 November 2019 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi.

The exhibition, now in its third edition and held under the patronage of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, will host 12 country pavilions in total including Greece, Belgium, China, and Italy among others.

Muhammed Kazi, portfolio director at organiser DMG Events, commented on the surge of Middle Eastern companies confirmed for the 2019 edition,“Investing in African markets has played a huge role in recent Middle East countries’ efforts to advance their strategies of economic diversification and reduce their reliance on oil. Furthermore, the ability of the Middle East region to execute large-scale infrastructure projects is appealing to rapidly-developing African states.”

Extended commitment from Kuwait and Egypt governments at the event comes alongside returning UAE and Qatar country pavilions. Leading companies from the Middle East region this year include Harwal group, Firex, National Paints, Kirby, Masterscaff, Nassar Group and AL Zamel.

Hammad AlZubi, manager of promotion and export opportunities at Public Authority of Industry (Kuwait), said,“Kenya is gaining importance as a logistic centre for all those who want to enter the African market and the landlocked countries in Central Africa through the ports of Kenya.”

Abdul Aziz Sherif, chairman of export development authority (EDA) - Egypt added,“Egypt has taken the direction towards Africa to cover its needs of goods and products from African markets, believing, therefore, in the importance of inter-African cooperation in favour of African business.”

He concluded, “The Big 5 Construct Kenya is considered one of the most important fairs in East Africa in the field of construction and is the ideal platform to meet buyers for Egyptian products.”

The event displays building innovations and solutions across five product sectors: Building Interiors, Building Materials and Tools, Building Services, HVAC-R, and Concrete and PMV.

The Big 5 Construct Kenya enjoys the official support of Kenya National Construction Authority.

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