Arabcom 2003 is postponed

According to show organisers a number of delegates have expressed concerns over the show’s timing. However, Telecomp Marco is scheduled to carry on.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  February 27, 2003

Arabcom 2003, scheduled to take place in Tunisia in April has been postponed due to the continuing political uncertainty over Iraq. According to show organisers a number of delegates have expressed concerns over the show’s timing.

“We had been hoping for a de-escalation of the events relating to the Iraqi situation, and full preparations had been going on for the hosting of Arabcom 2003 at record levels of participation,” states an e-mail from Jean Louis Farwagi, vice president, Arabcom – Hitek.

“Several of this year’s major Arabcom attendees have expressed grave doubts about the advisability safety of travelling down to the region under the current circumstances, and have specifically requested us to consider postponing the event,” he adds.

The telecoms exhibition, which was due to run between April 11 to 13, was shaping up to be the largest since it was first launched in 1998, with approximately 120 exhibitors and 60 international speakers. A number of delegates from the Ministry of Telecom & Post were also expected to attend.

Regardless of the Arabcom announcement, Telecomp Marco to be hosted at the start of April is still going ahead. The four-day show and conference will bring together vendors, local partners and telecoms professionals to showcase technology platforms and discuss industry developments.

“The show is going to bring together the leading figures of the telecoms industry from around the region,” says Martin März, managing director of show organisers, FairTrade.

However, the past 12 months has witnessed slowing market growth as both the Egyptian and Moroccan economies have slumped. Morocco in particular has been hit by a slowdown in its tourist industry and a drought.

“There has been a knock on effect in the local telecoms market,” says März.

“But there is still a lot of pent up demand in the market and that will fuel a continued period of growth as we move forward. Many of these markets, like Tunisia and Algeria, are still virgin and the vendors are positioning themselves to take advantage of the opportunities,” he adds.

The tough economic environment is reflected in the number of exhibitors at this year’s show. Approximately 70 companies have taken stand space, with many of the large vendors opting to share stand space with their local partners. “Companies are looking to save money, so partners are coming in with their vendors for the show,” says März.

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