Over 1,000 national, foreign companies at 47th International Fair of Algiers

ALGIERS- A total of 1,045 national and foreign companies will participate in the 47th edition of the International Fair of Algiers, to be held at Algiers Exhibition Centre from 28 May to 2 June, said Sunday the organizers.

This edition, to be held under the theme "Strong and serene Algeria," will be marked by the participation of 453 national companies and 592 foreign companies from 37 countries, said Rachid Khiar from the Algerian Company of Fairs and Exports (SAFEX).

The major trade fair will host companies from 8 Arab countries, 8 from Europe, 5 from Asia, 3 from the Americas and 2 from Africa.

The United States, the guest of honour of this year's edition, will participate with 80 exhibitors operating in the pharmaceutical industry, transport, technology and agriculture.

Besides the United States, Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela, Turkey, Germany, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic will also be present in this major trade event for companies seeking to discover the Algerian market and its potentials and to meet partners.

Companies from Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan, Sudan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Senegal and Cameroon will also participate in this international fair.

Some fifty firms from Spain, Italy, India, Iran, South Africa, Belgium, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, Yemen and Mali will participate individually in this edition.

"The International Fair of Algiers is a regional and national showcase to present the national production and discover foreign products with a view to using them in the achievement of the different economic and social development programmes of Algeria," said the secretary general of the Trade Ministry, Aissa Zelmati.

"We hope that the participating American companies will forge partnerships with their Algerian counterparts to develop economic and trading cooperation between the two countries," he added.

For his part, US Ambassador to Algeria Henry S. Ensher said "we will participate in the trade event to intensify and strengthen trading cooperation between Algeria and the US," adding that the forthcoming visit of the US Secretary of State of Energy "shows the importance of relations between the two countries."

A memorandum of understanding in pharmaceutical industry and other agreement between Algerian and American companies will be signed during this fair.

Conferences, trade meetings and cultural events will be organized on the sidelines of the trade event.

Sunday, 18 May 2014