The 33rd edition of the Luanda International Fair (Filda) starts on Wednesday in a smaller format with the participation of 225 Angolan companies and ten foreign countries, according to Bruno Albernaz, president of Eventos Arena, the company selected just over a month ago to organise the event.
Albernaz told Angolan news agency Angop that the final number of participants is “a pleasant surprise, due to the great response of Angolan companies and some foreign companies, particularly considering the difficult situation that Angola is experiencing.”
After successive postponements and then cancellation, in 2016, the fair, to be inaugurated today by the Vice President of the Republic, Manuel Vicente, will now take place in Luanda Bay and cover an area of 12,000 square metres for exhibition and promotion of business in Angola.
The Portuguese delegation is the biggest with 20 companies, followed by exhibitors from Brazil, Sweden, South Africa, Zambia, India and more than a dozen Chinese business people, who are taking part on an individual basis.
This edition has as its motto “Diversify the economy and boost national production, aiming at a self-sufficient and exporting Angola,” but will have a smaller exhibition area and fewer exhibitors than in previous years.
The 2016 edition of Filda, scheduled for July and later postponed to November due to the crisis in Angola, was not held that year, because exhibitor registration was low, the Luanda International Fair announced at the time. (macauhub)