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Kuwait Expo 2018 ends on successful note
February 15, 2018, 4:17 pm

Kuwait Expo 2018, a business-oriented, knowledge-sharing and investor-interaction event, was held from 6 to 10 February at the Kuwait International Fair Ground.

Held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and organized by the National Knowledge Economy Center (NKEC) in partnership with the General Secretariat Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD), the Kuwait Expo 2018 attracted the participation of 77 international companies from 30 countries and 60 local firms. In addition, the expo witnessed the attendance of entrepreneurs and representatives of small and medium businesses from various industries in Kuwait.

At the inauguration ceremony on 6 February, Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Hussam Abdullah Al-Roumi said Kuwait Expo 2018 was part of efforts to support H.H. the Amir's vision to transform Kuwait into a regional and international financial and commercial hub. The expo, said Al-Roumi, would contribute to better economic, trade and investment cooperation, as well as help exchange expertise and build relations and networks among expo participants.

A business to business platform, the five-day expo allowed for the sharing of know-how among industry experts and businesses, as well as facilitated financial opportunities and partnerships among local and international businesses and entrepreneurs.

The show allowed companies to demonstrate their business solutions, seek out franchising opportunities, and network with Kuwaiti SME entrepreneurs and business owners. The expo also included side-line exhibitions, like the SMEs, Maker Fair and knowledge-based economy.

Speaking at the conclusion of the expo, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Khaled Al Roudhan expressed his thanks to H.H. the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for patronizing the Kuwait Expo, which would help transform Kuwait into a financial and economic hub in line with His Highness the Amir’s 2035 New Kuwait vision. He added that the government is also pursuing “a bundle of economic laws and resolutions that will promote the vision to make Kuwait a financial and economic hub.”

The fact the Kuwait Expo featured participation 77 international companies from 30 countries and 60 local firms reflected confidence in Kuwait’s economic environment. The country has the advanced infrastructure, active private sector, cash flow and attractive legislation for local and international investors, said Minister Al-Roudhan.

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