50th Anniversary International Trade and Industrial Fair FIA-2017
From May 8 to 13, 2017, the 50th Anniversary International Industrial Algerian Exhibition FIA-2017 was held on the main exhibition site of Algiers - SAFEX Exhibition Center. The exhibition is one of the largest events in the Maghreb region and the African continent as a whole. Since 1964, the exhibition has been held under the patronage of the President of the ADR A. Bouteflika.
FIA annually collects about 1000 companies from 40 countries. Among the participants, 76% of national companies and 24% of foreign companies that participate in national pavilions and with individual stands on a total area of 51211 square meters. m.
In 2017, the Russian Federation was granted the status of a country of "Honorary Guest". The event was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, and with the support of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Algerian Chamber of Commerce, the Algerian Ministry of Commerce, the Russian Embassy in Algiers and the Russian Embassy in Russia, the ANO "Russian- Council "and" Russian-Algerian Business Council".
On the eve of the opening of the exhibition, a press conference was held in which the President and General Director of the SAFEX Exhibition Center Al Taeib Zitouni, the Russian Trade Representative in Algeria Aleksey Shatilov and the Director of the FIA Nurdin Auissi attended.
Opening the conference, Al Taeib Zitouni, said that in 2017 more than 400 foreign companies from 34 countries and 411 Algerian enterprises (79 state and 332 private) take part in the exhibition.
Stressing that the motto of FIA-2017 - "50 Years Serving the Economy of Algeria" - reflects the important role played by the exhibition in strengthening the country's economy, President Safex reported on the course of foreign economic policy of Algeria that has been outlined in the past few years on the development of joint commercial and industrial projects with other countries in order to bring the economy of Algeria to a new level.
After the opening ceremony of the FIA, the solemn opening of the Russian pavilion took place, in which Prime Minister of the Republic of Ingushetia, Abdelmalek Sellal personally took part, accompanied by high-ranking representatives of ministries and departments and guests of the exhibition. In his welcoming address to the participants of the Russian exposition, the head of the Algerian government noted the importance and urgency of the implementation of large industrial projects in the country.
The exposition of the Russian national pavilion, the area of which was more than 1000 m2 of a distinguished guest and members of the opening ceremony of the FIA-2017 was introduced by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Alexander Nikolayevich Morozov. He introduced the novelties of domestic companies to high guests and told about the promising directions of cooperation offered by the Russian side in various fields.
So, on the site in front of the Russian pavilion, the guests were shown a sample of a combine harvester VECTOR 410 produced by the company KZ ROSTSELMASH. According to the director of the sales department in Asia, Sergei Aleksandrovich Romanenko, the company, having studied the Algerian market in advance and the agroclimatic conditions in the country, revealed that there is a need for VECTOR class harvesters in Algeria. With the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, representatives of the company conducted presentations of their products for the four ministers of the Republic of Algeria and voiced their intentions to enter the Algerian market. The Russian side is considering the possibility of creating an assembly plant in Algeria, VECTOR combines, which are twice as productive as combine harvesters in Algeria, and are the most cost-effective in price / performance / quality.
At the stand of the Russian Export Center, the Prime Minister of Algeria was shown a collective exposition of domestic exporters - ESPP companies, RubEx Group LLC, LOGOS, Geoscane and others.
At the Renault Russia stand, AN Morozov presented to the guests the products that are delivered to the Renault Algerie Production plant in Oran for the production of cars (bodies, headlights, bumpers and brake drums), and also focused the Prime Minister of Algeria on the fact that in Russia there is already a satellite system for cars "ERA-GLONASS", the analogue of which will appear in Europe only next year.
On May 9, 2017, the Russian - Algerian business forum was held. The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Algeria Mohamed Laid Benamor addressed the participants of the forum with a welcoming speech. He noted the activation of Russian-Algerian bilateral economic and trade cooperation, and also initiated the Russian-Algerian business forum in the framework of the upcoming visit to Algeria by the Prime Minister Of the Russian Federation Medvedev in October 2017. Also, in his speech, Mr. Benamore said that Russia is a friend and partner of Algeria, has vast experience, and also has many great opportunities. This concerns the sphere of agriculture, the sphere of industry, which at present is a priority for investments, and is also of great importance for economic diversification. Vice President of the Forum of Heads of Enterprises (FCE) Mohamed Bairi in his speech to the participants of the business forum pointed out the need for holding such events on the agenda of the two countries, which helps expand the spheres of activity of business communities in Russia and Algeria. Savenkov Dmitry Aleksandrovich, Deputy Director of the Department for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, made a welcome speech, noting that the technological sphere is of special interest among foreign participants from foreign participants. In addition, it is necessary to strengthen the legal framework that will simplify the activities of foreign businessmen in the region.
On May 11, the official ceremony of awarding the countries-participants of the FIA took place at the event. The President-CEO of the SAFEX exhibition complex Taeeb Al Zitouni addressed the event, noting the high level of Russian participation. According to him, for the first time in many years, the country-guest of honor was so highly represented at the exhibition, especially noting the level of organization of the Russian pavilion. The Russian delegation was presented with the Diploma of the country-guest of honor, and Mr. Zitouni personally presented the FIA-2017 participant medal to the representative of the Russian delegation, director of the Russian-Arab Business Council Kovalevskaya Svetlana Vladimirovna, who in her turn thanked the exhibition management for the warm welcome shown the Russian side and for the high organization of this event.