Turkey expected to be the main international participant at 2013 International Luanda Fair

8 February 2013

Turkey is once again expected to be the biggest foreign participant in this year’s edition of the Luanda International Fair (Filda), overtaking Portugal, the chairman of the company organising the event said Thursday in Luanda.

Matos Cardoso said that at the 30th edition of the fair, due to take place in July, Turkey, as in the 2012 edition, will have the largest number of exhibiting foreign companies, with a 5,000 square metre pavilion.

Cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa, Cardoso said that Portugal remained Angola’s main economic partner and that “the vast majority of the (Portuguese) companies operating in Angola, if they did not arrive in the country via Filda, they have taken part at least once”.

Cardoso noted that Portugal would continue to be the exhibitor that does the most business with Angola and added that the most important thing was doing business deals, “and from that point of view I think Portugal will continue to lead”.

At the 2’13 edition, due to be held from 16 to 21 July, participation is expected to be bigger than in previous editions due to new countries taking part, such as China, with a 3,000 square metre pavilion and Turkey, with its 5,000 square metre pavilion.

According to Cardoso, 35 countries that have a trade relationship with Angola have taken part in the fair, and this year Poland and Tunisia will take part for the first time.

This year the fair, which is in its 30th year, is entitled, “The challenges of attracting investment: Strategy, Legislation, Institutions, Infrastructure and Human Resources”. (macauhub)