The Big Industrial Week International Industrial and Technology Trade Fair and Forum was held on October 8-10, 2019. The 5,000 square meters of exhibition space accommodated exhibits of more than 100 companies from Russia, Egypt, Belarus, France, Germany and India. More than 5,000 people took part in the event.
Major industrial enterprises, such as Rosatom State Corporation, NPO Almaz, Lazernyi Сentr, MetProm, Syntez NDT, HIMMASH-APPARAT, participated in the event as exhibitors. The financial sector was represented by some of its leaders - African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Egypt’s largest private bank CIB Bank.
The Arab Organization for Industrialization prepared a joint stand of several exhibiting companies. They include the Aircraft Factory, SAKR Factory for Development Industries, Helwan Factory for Development Industries, Kader Factory for Development Industries, and others. Egypt’s Ministry of Defence and Military Production showcased at the exhibition civilian products of the following organizations: Helwan Machinery and Equipment co., Kaha co. for Chemicals Industries, Shoubra co. for Engineering Industries, etc.
Visitors had the opportunity to see joint exhibits of more than 10 regions of the Russian Federation: Sverdlovsk Region, Republic of Bashkortostan, Udmurt Republic, Chuvash Republic, Rostov Region, Chelyabinsk Region, Kaluga Region, Tver Region, and Krasnodar Krai.
The key business program event of the Big Industrial Week International Industrial and Technology Trade Fair and Forum was the main plenary session “Africa. Advanced Manufacturing Site”.
Welcoming remarks to the Forum guests were pronounced by the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, as well as by the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt Amr Nassar. Denis Manturov remarked: “Holding of such a large-scale and representative event confirms the growing significance and attention paid to cooperation between Russia and Africa today. This also emphasizes the mutual interest of Russian business and African states to promote large-scale, long-term projects together, to fill the agenda with promising economic initiatives.”
On October 8–9, within the framework of the Big Industrial Week International Industrial and Technology Trade Fair and Forum, the second Forum for nuclear industry suppliers took place, organized by Rosatom State Corporation and Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA). At the Forum, the participants discussed different aspects of the implementation of the El Dabaa NPP project. At the Trade Fair, visitors could view the stand of Rosatom State Corporation where an interective 3D model of the El Dabaa NPP was displayed.
The meeting of the EEU Industrial Policy Council was also held at the Big Industrial Week trade fair and forum. One of the key issues of this meeting was the development by the EEU member states of a shared industrial infrastructure in third countries.
On October 10, the project of the Russian Industrial Zone in Egypt was presented to Russian and foreign businesses. Within the framework of the “Russian Industrial Zone: Entry Point to African Markets” session, Director of special projects of Russian Export Center JSC Ilya Pomigalov emphasized that “Egypt is part of a large number of trade agreements that offer the country favorable conditions for exports. The Russian Industrial Zone can become a platform not just for Russian companies’ access to new African markets, but also for increasing Egyptian exports to Europe and Asia.”
The event was supported by representatives of such international associations as the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), Chambers of Commerce of France, Germany, and India. They presented their stands at the exhibition, moreover, the event was visited by delegates of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
In 2020, the Big Industrial Week International Industrial and Technology Trade Fair and Forum will be held in Cairo on October 10-12.