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Exhibitors praise GEc for successful organisation of IDEX 2001

posted on 24/03/2001: 1846 views

As IDEX 2001 concluded last Thursday, leading exhibitors praised the General Exhibition Corporation (GEC) for its efforts in making the show a success. Robert Gardener, BAE's Vice President for Exhibitions and Promotions said today that IDEX had been successful, as a result of the efforts exerted by the GEC's team. "I must congratulate the GEC Director Sultan Al Suwaidi and his team for the terrific job they have done" Gardener said.

Expressing confidence in the transitional capability of the UAE as represented by the GEC, Major General Allan Sharman said: "Britain has always been keen in participating at IDEX exhibition not only because it is the biggest defence show outside the UK but also because it is one of the best organised". He said that British participation in the next IDEX would grow in size despite the merger of some British companies with other international partners. This is merger is a logical consequence of globalisation, he said. " Our participation at IDEX 2001 remains the biggest, despite the effects of globalisation. Some of our companies are exhibiting outside our pavilion after merger with other companies" Allan said. He noted that the presence of a local guide to introduce the official visitors to the exhibitors was particularly helpful.

Joseph Willis, Director of Industrial Affairs in Association of US Army (AUSA) said the GEC success in organising previous IDEX sessions, has encouraged many US firms to participate at IDEX exhibitions. The US participation at the next IDEX 2003 is set to increase in size, said Willis, adding that the US pavilion will expand from its current 13,000 square metres to 17,000 square metres in 2003. "This IDEX saw 14 US firms making their debut, and certainly the number will increase with the good reputation that IDEX has gained internationally", he said.

Officials at the German pavilion also expressed happiness with the GEC efforts in organising IDEX 2001. "This IDEX session was successful and we are looking for a larger participation at IDEX 2003" said Dr. Ernest Krammer, head defence industry sector. He said the German pavilion where 57 exhibitors are participating, has attracted interest from many Arab and international visitors. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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