Where are you planning to be between Saturday, May 2 and Monday, May 4 2015? Nowhere special? Then plan to attend BuildExpo Africa, the largest building and construction trade fair in the whole of East Africa. The 18th edition of the expo will be taking place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi.

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The event has attracted exhibitors from 38 countries all over the world. The organizers have also reached out to visitors who will be drawn from at least 11 countries in the region. The exhibitors will be showcase some of the latest technologies in construction machinery, building material machines and equipment, mining machines, construction vehicles, plant and equipment.

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According to Neville Trindade, the exhibition manager at Expogroup, this year’s event hopes to help visitors choose from at least 14 million business prospects with at least 10,000 products, equipment and machinery on display.

Why Kenya?

“Over the years, we have grown to cater to the demands not just of the Kenyan market, but of the East African region as a whole,” Neville says. “This mega expo is the ideal forum for international players to showcase their products and services to the growing market in Africa.”

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17th Edition of BuildExpo Africa in 2014

In the past, the delegations that have attended previous editions of BuildExpo Africa were linked to regional trade bodies in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, DRC, Somalia and Mozambique. This diversity focuses on boosting trade ties with the countries within the region.

This year, according to the organizers, there will be 25% more participation of Kenyan companies compared to the last edition. The exhibition area will be expanded to 10,000 square metres.

What informed the exhibition?

Infrastructure has been touted as the key to Africa’s economic turnaround. It plays a critical role in the continued development of Africa. Kenya, for instance, is making significant development in infrastructure and urban development. There are demarcated economic zones, commercial and residential buildings and growth in investment in the hotel and tourism sector. Projections show that the value of Kenya’s infrastructure and construction is expected to double within the next 5 years.

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Participants and Sponsors

The event will host, among other exhibitors, industry players such as Assa Abloy, Atlas Copco Eastern Africa, Car and General, Shanghai Zenith Mining and Construction Machinery East Africa, and International Green Structures (K) Ltd. Here is the comprehensive list of exhibitors who will be at KICC this weekend.

Egypt, Italy, China and India will also set up different pavilions that will feature different companies. The Egyptian pavilion will feature 15 companies set up by the Egypt Expo and Convention Authority.

The gold sponsors for this year’s expo include Apex Steel, Athi River Steel Plant Ltd and Elite Tools.