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GITEX 2004 announces participation of Belgium, South Africa and Malaysia for the first time

Ame Info Online, 16 Sep 2004

Organisers Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) announced that GITEX 2004 will feature three new country pavilions.

Belgium (Walloon region), Malaysia and South Africa, who will bring 24 companies representing industry sectors such as Wireless Solutions, Security Software, ERP software, Personal Computers, Telecom Services, Data Storage, and IT Telephony.

'The requirements of the fast growing Middle East IT market, as compared to increasing levels of saturation globally, have made GITEX a highly appealing event for ICT companies worldwide. GITEX with its global stature and loyal international visitor base, is the natural choice for companies that wish to tap this expanding market,' says DWTC Director General Helal Saeed Khalfan Al Marri.

Belgium 's strong ICT industry will be represented by seven companies, operating in distinct areas such as online language learning, telecom, information research etc.

Corbanie Geoffrey from AWEX the company which is representing the Belgium (Walloon Region) contingent said, 'The Acapela Group had participated in GITEX the last year, generated several successful leads from its participation. Encouraged by the response, the Walloon Export Agency, a public institution in charge of the promotion and export of Walloon products and services, decided to participate as an individual pavilion. As a national pavilion, we also receive several advantages and aids from our government. Dubai 's growing market is obviously a huge incentive for participating in GITEX.'

The companies participating in the pavilion include Walloon Export Agency, Acapela Group, Espace Multimedia, IDTECH SA represented by Ocean Computer LLC, INIT Technologies, Multitel and Telindus.

Adds Nkuli Nkambule, Consul Economic, South African Consulate, 'In February 2004, the South African Embassy in the UAE hosted a delegation of 7 South African ICTE companies led by SAVANT, a public-private-partnership between the South African government (represented by the National Department of Trade & Industry) and the South African ICTE industry.

The purpose of the Outward Selling Mission was to identify opportunities for the South African ICTE sector in the UAE as well as to market South African ICTE Industry's capabilities and competitive advantages, which are mainly in business process outsourcing and call centres, IT training and certification, Niche software development and niche application enhancement, ICT infrastructure in Africa, Wireless development and application software for wireless development and Pilot laboratory or testing facilities.

GITEX, being the heart of the IT business in the Middle East , was the natural follow up to the February fact-finding mission.'

Amongst the companies participating from South Africa are Matsema, Manchu e-Solutions, which provides Consulting, Training, Solutions and Outsourcing products and services to organizations in the government, energy, ICT and transport sectors and PIC Solutions, the largest specialist consumer credit risk management company based in the Europe Middle East Africa region with key clients in the EMEA region like Emirates Bank, HSBC Bank Middle East, Network International, Riyad Bank, Visa International Dubai and many others.

Also present at GITEX will be IT & QM Consulting, IDX Online, a software solutions company focusing on the provision of products and services to Industrial, Telecommunications and Financial industries, CybiCOM (Africa) Technologies Limited, a company that specifies, designs, builds and supports software applications for various markets, Inala Systems Division, providing remote management solutions for telecommunications and Outsource Cabling, of the largest data and voice Solution Provider companies in South Africa.

Abdullah Kadir Bacha, Vice President Knowledge Management, Multimedia Development Corporation, which represents Malaysian companies adds, 'The Multimedia Development Corporation sees GITEX as the premier platform to introduce and promote Malaysian ICT products to Middle East region. The industry, which is expected to surpass US$ 5 billion mark by 2008, is confident that GITEX will pave the way for new technological activities between the two regions. MDC will use the wide spectrum of government and industry players who visit the exhibition to introduce Malaysia-made world-class ICT products as an alternative to traditional market players.

GITEX is one of the major events in Malaysia's aggressive campaign to market ICT products to the Middle East especially in the software, support and services sector.'

Other exhibitors that will have a strong presence at the event are Metadone, Broadway Resources, Visualxtreme, i-navigate, Side FX, MMM Technologies, Malaysian Microelectronics and SADC.

Trade visitors, wishing to avoid the crowds at the registration desks can go online to www.gitex.com and pre-register themselves for fast track admission to the exhibition.