International Maputo Fair to change venue as of 2010

25 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Aug – The 45th edition of the Maputo International Fair (Facim), due to take place from 1 to 6 September, will be the last to be held at its current venue, teh fair’s organisers said Monday in Maputo.

Cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Sociedade Gestora de Exposições e Feiras (Sogex) said in Maputo that it had identified an area of around 20 hectares in the district of Marracuene, at which soon building work was due to begin with the aim of hosting the fair there in 2010.

The Marracuene project will be implemented in phases, and the first, expected to cost around US$16 million, includes a multipurpose pavilion, which will also be used for the 2011 Roller Hockey World Championship and a car park with capacity for up to 2,000 vehicles.

Execution of the first phase of the project will be funded by the Government, and the second, which includes complementary facilities, namely hotels, business centres, banks and others, is expected to be funded by the private sector.

The chairman of the Institute for Export Promotion and Sogex board member, João Macaringue, said that putting the project in place would bring na end to the delays in starting work to modernise Facim that ahd been announced a few years ago and which included the reorganisation of the current fair venue, located in downtown Maputo.

Meanwhile, according to the chairman of Sogex, Américo Magaia, Facim 2009 may be better than last year’s, both in terms of companies taking part, and in the number of visitors, despite the international financial crisis.

So far 15 countries have signed up, particularly from the region and the rest of the continent namely, South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Zambia and Kenya, as well as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The Macau Administrative Region will also be represented.

There will also be a further 20 foreign companies, mainly from Portugal, which, as they were unable to find room in the pavilions of their respective countries, opted to take part on their own. (macauhub)