Rebuild Iraq attracts 1100 exhibitors

More than 1100 companies from 45 countries are to take part in this month’s Rebuild Iraq 2004 conference in Kuwait.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 13, 2004

More than 1100 companies from 45 countries are to take part in this month’s Rebuild Iraq 2004 conference in Kuwait. The 19th–23rd January event will give exhibitors the chance to win contracts in Iraq’s huge reconstruction drive. Firms from the United States, Canada, India, Britain and several other European countries will be represented at Rebuild Iraq, which is organised by the Riyadh Exhibition Company and the Kuwait International Fair Company. Regional companies will also be exhibiting at the show, with Saudi Arabia having one of the largest presences. “67 leading Saudi firms specialised in construction, food, health, agriculture, metal, plastic chemical industries, IT and other [sectors] will take part in the show,” said Riyadh Exhibition Company’s deputy director, Mohammad Al-Husseini. “The participation of such a large number of Saudi private firms in the fair is an extension of the Kingdom’s assistance to the Iraqi people, chiefly the US $1 billion pledged at the Madrid international donors’ conference” last October, he added. India will also be out in force at the show, with 30 companies exhibiting under the banner of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). Participants in the Indian pavilion will include construction companies, such as Omaxe Construction and Nagarjuna Constructions, telecommunication consultants TCIL, and consumer goods companies, like Usha International and Godrej & Boyce. Several electrical companies will also be at the show including Surya Roshni and Lloyd Electric & Engineering, which will be promoting its air conditioning units. “We will be looking at complete window and split air conditioners and expect to meet with potential buyers from Iraq and the region. Presently there are no manufacturers in Iraq and through Kuwait we will try to get into the Iraq market,” Love Kumar, manager, Lloyd Electric & Engineering Ltd told India’s Financial Express.

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