Major building and construction event to launch in Nigeria

andy white new1Andy White is the senior vice-president for construction for dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa. (Image source: dmg events)dmg events, the leading international events company, will launch The Big 5 Construct Nigeria from 10-12 September 2019, at the Landmark Centre in Lagos

“The opportunity to adapt The Big 5 brand to this new region was ripe for development,” said Andy White, senior vice-president for construction for dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa.

With the largest population in Africa, Nigeria is one of the economic powerhouses of the region and the continent. In April 2018, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the country's economy would grow by 2.1 per cent this year, while the World Bank suggested that the country's growth will strengthen in the medium term, helping it to reach 2.8 per cent by 2019. This outlook has already encouraged foreign investment into the country via government debt instruments. By the end of Q1 2018, Nigeria attracted US$16bn investment, up 300 per cent year-on-year.

Funds are being put into the country's development, with the Federal Executive Council recently approving US$190mn for the construction of roads. A host of other large-scale infrastructure and construction projects including rail, retail, new trade zones and cities, are also on the way.

“These development plans are creating a huge demand for international suppliers to bring their products and technologies into the country, where there is a real thirst for the knowledge and innovation our exhibitors can offer,” said White.

Exhibitors and visitors alike will find features familiar from The Big 5 throughout The Big 5 Construct Nigeria. Alongside the international and domestic exhibitors, the event will include free-to-attend CPD workshops and seminars to update attendees on the latest industry innovations, best practices and practical ideas. These certified workshops will be delivered by experienced professionals ready to share ideas with an audience eager to learn. Other features include specialised zones that enable visitors to rapidly find and research the products they are looking for, live demonstrations and plenty of opportunity to network with industry peers.

The Big 5 Construct Nigeria is the latest geo-adaptation of one of dmg events core brands. This strategic process has seen the company launch adapted versions of its successful and established Dubai events across the Middle East and Asia, while also expanding into Africa.

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