Maputo, Mozambique, 31 Aug – The 45th Maputo International fair (Facim 2009) opens to the public Monday bringing together 700 companies from Mozambique, or 200 more than in the 2008 edition, and the official participation of 14 countries, mainly from Southern Africa.
Figures from the organisers of the fair, which will be the last to be held in downtown Maputo before being transferred to Marracuene, show a considerable presence from the region, with South Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Zambia and Kenya all officially signed up to take part.
There are also official participations from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, the special administrative region of Macau, Indonesia and Vietnam.
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.
According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Sociedade Gestora de Feiras (Sogex), the company that organises the fair each year, expects a minimum of 50,000 visitors, which is 7,000 more than in 2008.
Meanwhile, Portugal is once again the leader both in terms of space occupied and the number of companies attending.
AICEP Portugal Global organised a pavilion with a total area of 850 square metres bringing together 42 companies from strong sectors in the Mozambican market, such as construction materials, agri-food, metallurgy and metal-mechanics, construction and consulting, information technology, electric and electronic material, and pharmaceutical items, amongst others.
In the current edition of Facim and in comparison to last year there has been a 20 percent rise in exhibitors in the Portugal Pavilion.
As well as the national pavilion a further 40 Portuguese companies are exhibiting in other areas, making Portugal the most represented foreign country at the event. (macauhub)