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Nigeria will once again play host to the construction and mining industry's biggest names

ConMin West Africa to return in 2018

Munich, 15 November 2017 - After the success of ConMin West Africa 2017, the international trade fair for construction machinery, mining and building material machines is returning: the second ConMin West Africa will take place in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja between 15 and 17 May 2018. The German service provider for international exhibitions IMAG, together with its Nigerian partner Afrocet Montgomery is offering companies the opportunity to showcase their product portfolio in Nigeria's rapidly developing market.

The trade fair's inaugural edition in June 2017 and the co-located National Mining Summit attracted over 1,500 professional visitors and 44 exhibitors from 11 countries, which included industry giants such as Bosch, Case, Dangote, Elkon and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions. The acting President of Nigeria was present to open the event itself, as were high-ranking representatives from the Nigerian government.

ConMin West Africa is focusing foremost on the construction, building materials and mining sectors. The show's organisers have unveiled a new pavilion for 2018 entirely dedicated to Sustainability; companies will showcase their products for water treatment plants, pipeline construction as well as waste systems. As last year, the trade fair will be accompanied by a business forum with technical sessions to which exhibitors will be able to make contributions. The 2018 National Mining Summit will once more take place alongside ConMin West Africa. This two-day conference will see industry experts share their views about the latest develop-ments, opportunities and challenges in the sector.

Growth market Nigeria

As the current largest economy in Africa, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of USD 518 billion, and the biggest producer of crude oil on the continent, Nigeria is an ideal host country for ConMin West Africa 2018. Since the collapse of oil prices, Nigeria has introduced certain initiatives and reforms to help diversify the economy, the mining industry in particular has prioritized making use of the country's other natural resources such as natural gas and coal. As such, Nigeria has plans to invest USD 7 billion over the next ten years to increase the share of the mining sector from 0.3 percent of GDP (2015) to 7 percent. The construction industry will also benefit from a number of large-scale projects planned, one of which is to build two entirely new cities close to Abuja and Lagos; Centenary City and Eko Atlantic City. Improvements to infrastructure have also been given approval in addition to the construction of a large oil refinery in order to be able to process the oil extracted domestically and to no longer be reliant on imported oil.

"Nigeria is one of the most promising markets in the world and is becoming more and more important to the global economy", says Peter Bergleiter, Managing Director IMAG GmbH, the subsidiary of Messe München which organizes trade fairs outside of Germany. "We enable businesses to establish a foothold in the market at an early stage and obtain high quality contacts. The combination of a trade fair and co-located specialised conference attended by top professionals from the industry is very well received, as the overwhelmingly positive feedback from this year's participants has proven."

To download high-resolution images, please click on the photos below:

ConMin West Africa 2017: Tour around the trade fair with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, acting president of Nigeria
Photo: Nigerian acting president's office

ConMin West Africa 2017: Opening speech by event patron Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Nigerian Minister for Mines and Steel Development

Photo: IMAG GmbH

Logo CMWA 2018
Logo of the trade fair