Dr. Assem El Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, officially inaugurated the third edition of The Big 5 Construct Egypt at the Cairo International Convention Centre (CICC).
Supported by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities, Egypt’s most important event connecting the construction industry is open to visiting professionals until 29 June 2021 – providing a safe platform where the community can reconnect, revitalize business activities, and rebuild partnerships, all by meeting face-to-face.
Opening keynotes took place this morning at the inaugural and highly anticipated The Big 5 Egypt Leadership Conference, which runs alongside the exhibition.
Over three days, the conference welcomes 55 speakers, including an exclusive line-up of Ministers from Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa to explore the sector’s future contribution to Egypt’s economic growth and diversification.
At the launch ceremony of the conference, His Excellency Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria, praised organizers dmg events.
“Let me start by expressing my appreciation to The Big 5 Leadership Conference organizers, as well as the various sponsors, for creating this platform to discuss pertinent issues regarding how the African continent can be transformed through creating strategic alliances. The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic has necessitated innovative approaches by countries across the globe, and the timing of this conference is vital given its occurrence.”
The minister also stressed the need to foster intra-African trade and investments among member nations in the African Union.
” There is a need to reactivate the Nigeria – Egypt joint Commission to resolve lingering bilateral issues and trade backlogs.
“The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is committed to working with the designated Egyptian Ministry in this regard.”
Her Excellency Patricia de Lille, Honourable Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure of South Africa, commented on the sector’s current opportunities:
“It’s a great pleasure and honor for me to be here this morning. I briefly want to emphasize the Africa free trade agreement. We need all the nations of Africa to work together more closely to achieve and advance the goals of the African Union 2063 plan.
We signed this crucial African free trade agreement on 1 January, a critical step for the continent. It signals that the African countries are ready to work together towards shared values, shared benefits, and shared prosperity. The Africa free trade agreement could be the world’s biggest fully realized free trade zone by the end of the year.”
Eng Yehia Zaki, Chairman, Suez Canal Economic Zone, also expressed his appreciation for participating in The Big 5 leadership Conference. He generally stressed the importance of connectivity within the African continent, which is reflected in the development of the economic zone. He commented:
“The vision for the economic zone is to become a leading world-class economic hub and the preferred solution for investment. This is the vision for 2030 and beyond.”
The Big 5 Egypt Impact Awards Ceremony opened this evening to recognize industry success in the sector across 19 categories, shining a light on Egypt’s most outstanding construction & infrastructure projects, leaders and young construction professionals, and feats of inclusion and diversity.
The Big 5 Construct Egypt gathers more than 180 leading construction brands from more than 18 countries, including Canada, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Russia, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and more. Heavyweights include Hassan Allam Holding, Orascom Construction, El Soadaa, ASGC, Hanimex, Al Zamil, Al Ahram, Wellbond, Al Amal Elsherif for Plastics, and more.
Vice President at organizer dmg events, Muhammed Kazi, has shared his excitement over the event:
“We are incredibly proud to be back in Cairo to support the expanding requirements of Egypt’s resilient construction and infrastructure sectors, serving Egypt’s strategic development objectives and its Vision 2030.
We are delighted to offer valuable opportunities in a safe way for professionals in the field to grow and prosper within this landscape through trading, networking, and knowledge-sharing experiences.”
Over the next three days, visiting professionals can benefit from 35 free-to-attend CPD certified talks across critical themes like BIM, Sustainability, and Project Management; delivered by 55 speakers, Industry Talks presents a unique opportunity to stay updated on trends in the sector.
The Big 5 Construct Egypt exhibition is free to attend and is open daily from 11 AM till 7 PM until 29 June 2021. The event is supported by Strategic Partner- Hassan Allam Holding, Platinum Partner- Orascom Construction, Construction Partner- The Arab Contractors, Banking Partner- Banque du Caire, Gold Sponsors- ABB, CRC Dorra and Samcrete, Silver Sponsor- Keller, Stone Sponsor- Gremic, Supporting Association- The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Research Partner – ABiQ, and VIP Lounge Partner – Hanimex.