Maputo International Fair receives over 20,000 visitors

5 September 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 05 Sept – The 42nd Maputo International fair (FACIM 2006), which closed Sunday, was visited by over 20,000 people, Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias reported citing the event’s organizer, Sociedade Gestora de Feiras, Exposições e Congressos (Sogex).

The exhibitors at FACIM contacted by the paper said that the fair had met with initial expectations and made it possible to make contacts for potential business deals.

The head of Brazilian generator company STEMAC, Douglas Pavan, told Notícias that his company’s presence at FACIm was worthwhile.

“We took part with the aim of widening our business in Mozambique and, on the days the fair was on we made several interesting contacts with people who work with power. For us it will be a pleasure to work in Mozambique in the near future,” Pavan said.

Another Brazilian, Alexandre Boscaini, of Brazilian footwear company Grendene, also said the fair had been a positive experience.

“We have had a distributor in Mozambique since 2005, which is the Premier Group, but as Grendene, this was the first time we had exhibited at this fair. We are presenting our products and publicizing them and we think that the fair has helped us, allowing people to get to know us later and go to the store to buy more,” he told the newspaper.

This year’s FACIM opened Monday with companies from 13 countries and territories taking part – Portugal, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Norway, Spain, Finland, Swaziland, Canada, Malawi and Macau – four fewer than took part in the 2005 fair and over 500 exhibitors overall.

Amongst the exhibitors there are also foreign businesspeople who decided to take part in FACIM individually, who are from Tanzania, Kenya, Bangladesh and Taiwan. (macauhub)