Nairobi will, from November 7 to 9, host the Big 5 Construct East Africa expo, the official exhibition of the National Construction Week. The event, to be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, is expected to bring over 220 exhibitors from more than 33 countries including Qatar, Germany, Turkey, France, Italy, China and Greece.
Construction brands such as JCB, Kumkang Kind, Sika, Hitachi, ESC, Valsir, Alumil and more will display the latest building innovations and solutions across the most prominent product sectors including: Building Interiors, Building Materials & Tools, Concrete & PMV, HVAC-R, and Building Services.
Apart from exhibiting, the expo will host also the industries’ pioneers to present over 40 free-to-attend and CPD (continuing professional development) certified education sessions.
The workshops will cover popular topics under themes of Affordable Housing, Technology and Design in Building Construction, Project Management and Engineering, Sustainability in Construction and a dedicated series for Women in Construction and demolition.
Organizers of the event, dmg events, recently announced the patronage from Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development.
Muhammed Kazi, Portfolio Director at dmg events said: “The Big 5 Construct East Africa is honoured to receive support from the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development of Kenya as it returns to Nairobi for a second edition.”
He added, “Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Big Four Agenda is increasing construction demands across a wealth of sectors and as a result we are pleased to say the event has grown by 20% this year. With over 220 exhibitors from more than 33 countries, we look forward to bringing the worldwide building community to Nairobi.”
Affordable housing agenda
Noticing the potential of Kenya’s affordable housing agenda, Stuart Turner Ltd will bring water boosting pumps from the U.K to Kenya. Conor Reeves, Export Business Development Manager says: “The Big 5 Construct East Africa exhibition offers a valuable opportunity for us to demonstrate our products and gain valuable feedback on product design and installation by talking directly to the developers, contractors and purchasing groups involved in the construction plans for the country.”
Concrete specialist at Jaycee (India) and speaker at the event, Robin De Beer concluded: “We believe the CPD program is vital as it always improves knowledge within the industry. The Big Construct East Africa is perfect for these sessions because it brings together many professionals and provides a large audience for dissemination of the latest market information.”
Kenya’s National Construction Authority (NCA) and the National Environment Management Authority say they will utilize the expo to educate Kenyans on the ‘necessary legal requirements’ for developers to avoid demolitions.
“The benefit of our talk at The Big 5 Construct East Africa is to help construction professionals better understand the reasoning behind the ongoing demolitions in Kenya. The NCA looks forward to providing our clients with the right advice at this event,” observed Eng. Stephen Mwilu, Manager of Regional Offices NCA.
The two Kenyan government institutions observe that with some 4,000 buildings targeted for demolition in Kenya, there is urgent need for construction professionals to review the correct legal approval process as a means of safeguarding future projects and avoid losses occasioned by demolitions.