Gitex international exhibitors up 26pc
Dubai, October 23, 2013
International exhibitors have increased by 26 per cent at the 33rd edition of Gitex Technology Week, as compared to last year.
A total of 61 countries are present, including new countries like Belarus, Brazil, Finland, Kenya, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia and Ukraine, as the show sheds light on the latest trends and generates strong business leads, said a statement.
This year’s official country partner is Serbia, and the union has already markedly boosted ICT trade links with the UAE, it said.
Trixie Loh Mirmand, senior vice president at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “Gitex Technology Week is an all-encompassing and multi-faceted event that has always looked to engage the wider ICT community in a nuanced and constructive way. Year on year, we have improved our ability to attract and support international businesses, organisations and visitors.”
Serbian exhibitors included Belgrade-based Nordeus, a leading game developers, which featured its biggest football game ‘Top Eleven,’ a popular online sports game promoted by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The UK pavilion increased its presence by 20 per cent compared to 2012, with 67 companies present, of which 25 have received financial support from the government-backed UK Trade and Investment organisation.
“The Mena is a priority market for the UK Government, and Gitex Technology Week is the ideal way to source partnerships, collaborations and opportunities to do business in the region,” said Mark Birchall, managing director, Tradefair, which organises the UK’s presence at the event.
This year, the UK’s participation gained an additional dimension with the presence of the Francis Maude, Minister for the UK Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, who delivered a keynote address at the inaugural Big Data Conference.
Other prominent European countries at the show are France and Germany, both of which had more than 30 exhibitors on site.
Belarus is among the new countries benefiting from the show with companies like Minsk-based GPS pioneers Gurtam reporting a solid week of showcasing and networking action.
South East Asia, meanwhile, accounted for 21 companies, including Japan’s Sumitomo Electric Industries, which is at the show for a sixth consecutive year.
Africa was out in force this year matching its 19 per cent visitors in 2012, bolstered by additional pre-show outreach activities and the ‘Africa in Focus’ programme, now in its second year.
Frank Okwede, group head business development, Precise Financial Systems, said: "We are at Gitex to showcase our solutions and to understand what is happening in the market. The show has been very interesting, and we are looking to have a stand for next year to take the opportunity to present and discuss our product in more depth.”
The Indian Pavilion was inaugurated by Sanjay Verma, Consul General of India, with 36 companies taking part under the aegis of India’s Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council.
More than 500 businesses and organisations from Saudi Arabia descended in Dubai for the event, including Saudi Aramco, Saudi Electricity Company, Sabic, Saudi Airlines, STC, Mobily, Zain, Ibtikar, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Tech, King Abdullah Medical City and Al Rehman Technologies.
Qatar and Kuwait were also among the regional big-hitters, with both boasting more than 300 businesses and organisations at the show. - TradeArabia News Service