Organizers of the third annual GITEX Cairo event, which closed Saturday, April 7, following four full days of activities, said the exhibition attracted more than 10,000 trade visitors and professionals while its retail component, GITEX Cairo Computer Shopper, attracted more than 40,000 visitors and witnessed direct sales worth $1.8 million (seven million Egyptian pounds).
“GITEX Cairo 2001 was a major success, and already 60 percent of participating exhibitors have confirmed they’ll participate in the 2002 edition which will be held April 3-6 at the Cairo International Conference Center,” said Ibrahim Al-Hashmi, the Dubai World Trade Center’s corporate manager of exhibitions.
The Egyptian company Information Technology & Services (ITS) reported it signed a contract with Egypt’s national postal authority to provide it with the latest electronic document imaging (EDI) system. The new system, used in more than 50 different countries, will be particularly beneficial to international organizations that have an office in Egypt and communicate frequently across borders.
Nativenames Corp., which made its debut in the Egyptian market at GITEX Cairo, said that they finalized ten important deals with Egyptian ISPs. “This exhibition has enabled us to make numerous links and conclude many important deals, one of the most significant deal concluded was with Egypt Online, one of the Egypt’s biggest ISPs,” said CEO Jaralla Al-Jaralla.
Soficom Communications also concluded a number of deals with Egyptian companies, to provide them with WebConnect services in the future. Its WebConnect services enable regional and multinational companies to connect with branches all over the world through the Internet.
Egyptian-based Yalla Online, reported that some 3000 new subscribers signed on to its portal during the GITEX Cairo exhibition. “We attracted numerous visitors keen to learn more about the special subscription package we were offering during the exhibition, which prompted many to sign on,” said Amer Quandeel, a representative of Yalla Online.
Egypt Info Inc., which launched its omeldonia website during the exhibition, said the newly launched website attracted a significant number of hits throughout the past four days, and the company is confident the exposure the site gained amongst GITEX visitors will support its continued growth.
FIC Group, a Taiwanese company that made its debut at GITEX Cairo this year, said “We wanted to explore opportunities in the Egyptian market… In fact, we’ve concluded deals to provide a number of Egyptian companies with our latest motherboards which feature a speed of 1.33 Ghz,” said Khalid Abou Iyash, sales manager for FIC Group.
Zebra Technologies, a new company specializing in barcode technology announced it made deals with several Egyptian companies to provide them with it latest bar-coding systems and applications.
e-Kotob launched its new website e-kotob.com during the show. The company reported that visitors to its website exceeded 10,000 during the four days of the show, attracting some 500 new e-commerce customers.
Sony Gulf’s stand at the exhibition gave visitors a chance to try the new Sony PlayStation 2. The manager of the stand said they concluded more than two million Egyptian pounds in deals during the exhibition, which included the sale of PlayStations, digital cameras and mobile phones.
Finmatica s.r.l., an Italian company which participated in the exhibition for the first time, said the opportunity enabled them to appoint a number of local distributors to service the local market and they expect to increase their presence in the region as a result.
Cisco Systems, which organized more than 24 seminars during the exhibition, said its educational sessions attracted more than 500 people during the exhibition.
GITEX Cairo was launched in April 1999 following the success of GITEX Dubai, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2000. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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