Construction exhibit brings together builders with better materials, technology


The Association of Ethiopian Class one Contractors (AECOC) is organizing the second “Construction for Ethiopian Renaissance” exhibition at the Addis Ababa Exhibition and Market Development Center, scheduled to be held from March 21- 25, 2014.


Over 200 companies are expected for the event that will also consist of a symposium focusing on improving the construction trade as it moves forward.
Mulugeta Gessese General Manager of AECOC told Capital that they plan to put on a unique occasion that will demonstrate the progress the construction sector has made. “Construction has been growing at an unprecedented rate recently and we want to demonstrate that,” Mulugeta said.
“This exhibition will promote what we’ve achieved so far and inspire other builders to continue playing a part in developing the country,” he added.
In this exhibition which will be officially inaugurated by Mekuria Haile Minister of Urban Development, Houses and Construction, major players in the industry such as the Metal and Engineering Corporation (MeTEC), Ethiopian Railway Corporation and Ethiopian Roads Authority, among many others will showcase their achievements and future goals. 
“The exhibition is considered to be a place where leading builders can network,” Mulugeta asserted. “Construction companies will bring tons of equipment and display cutting-edge technology. Moreover during the symposium, which will be a sideline event, experts will share their knowledge and experience,” Mulugeta added.
“Often times erecting buildings and developing infrastructure relies on technology that is outdated and we don’t often see the results we want in terms of quality. So this exhibition will bring leading players in the industry with the latest technology and the best construction materials,” Mulugeta added. He further said that there is a need for improving the quality of construction works and products. Accordingly, the association has been taking action to improve the sector. “Designing and evaluating construction polices directly and indirectly, organizing construction exhibitions and offering technical training to contractors are areas the association is focusing on,” Mulugeta said.
Architects, contractors, importers, insurance firms and others involved in the construction sector will participate in the trade fair.