23rd Luanda International Fair has positive outcome, Expo-Angola director says

31 July 2006

Luanda, Angola, 31 July – The 23rd Luanda International Fair (Filda), had a positive outcome, Expo-Angola director Matos Cardoso said Sunday to Anolan news agency Angpop.

In a press conference to mark the end of the fair, Cardoso said that all the figures collected over the five days of the fair indicated that satisfaction levels stood at 89 percent, despite financial difficulties that almost prevented Filda 2006 from taking place.

The event was affected by several obstacles, particularly the air conditioning in the pavilions, electricity and water supply and the amount of space available, which proved insufficient to host more exhibitors, an issue which Expo-Angola plans to address by building another pavilion.

According to Cardoso, the freezing of the company’s accounts, by court order, due to a charge brought by the Angolan Industrial Association (AIA), led Expo-Angola to alter its initial budget, estimated at US$900,000.

Cardoso said that Filda’s current facilities were not sufficient to house events the size of Filda, and there was a need to build another facility, and also announced that a real estate fair would be held in November.

The fair was opened Wednesday by Industry Minister Joaquim David, and had 657 exhibitors (340 Angolan and 317 foreign) from the telecommunications, banking, industrial, drinks, food, oil, construction, machinery, automotive, information technology, insurance, real estate, clothing and footwear sectors.

Angolan state airline, TAAG, received three awards in the categories of Service, Travel Agency and Transport. The British Petroleum (BP) pavilion was considered to be the best event.

Spain was considered to be the best foreign representation, while Portugal got first prize in the country category. (macauhub)