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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Executive networking @ W.Afri.Tel-07

Organisers of the West Africa Telecommunications (W.Afri.Tel) 2007, the Exhibition Management Services (EMS) of South Africa, has said that they expect the high level conference to set the ground for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) executives in the country to network.

They also said that all is now set for the three-day exhibition scheduled between June 5 and 7 this year in Lagos.

“W.Afri.Tel is set to heighten the growth through high level participation and attendance,” a press statement from the organisers and signed by the management of its local partner, IT & Telecom Digest said.

“There really is no other way to meet and interact with the region’s telecom decision-makers, all in one place, at the same time,” Ms Gillian Pope, who is the Exhibitions Manager at EMS said, emphasising that over 40 per cent of visitors to the expo were either managing directors or company chief executives.

“We’re confident that, with the last edition of a high-level conference, this number will grow even further,” she said.

The event which is on its seventh year, is scheduled to hold at the Expo Centre, Eko Hotel, Lagos, the organisers also said is promising and has began to make some progress for this year’s event.

“We’re already receiving phenomenal endorsements, with several leading Nigerian and foreign companies already signed up,” says Editor-in-chief of IT & Telecom digest, Mr. Mkpe Abang.
He noted that like the previous editions, the show would be sold out as early as possible, with a higher scale of rush from active participants of the nations ICT sector and the economy in general.

In addition, Ms Pope, said that the last three exhibitions in particular have been completely sold out, stressing that as participation opens for the event, she said the management is ready for, “A high level conference to support the expo we expect to post the ‘sold-out’ signs up much earlier this year.”

Ms Pope pointed out that the world’s major telecom companies and suppliers are being expected at the event.

“But in addition, together with our local partner, IT & Telecom Digest, we will run a cutting-edge conference at the same time as the exhibition,” she said.

The introduction of the technical conference this year, at the request of W.Afri.Tel participants – exhibitors and visitors alike, she said, would reflect the ongoing interest from the region in acquiring the latest technologies.

“Whereas Africa is now the world’s leading area for cellular expansion, Nigeria is largely regarded as the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market,” she noted.

A statement issued in Lagos by IT & Telecom Digest, the Nigerian Sole Agent for W.Afri.Tel said the event was already “almost fully booked” and advised prospective exhibitors to confirm their booking early once they received provisional booking to avoid missing out on the show.

“Space is limited. Last year we had over 15 companies that we could not find space for despite their interest. And already, we are almost 80 per cent booked, so chances are that companies confirming late risk the chance of missing the event,” said Mr. Abang.

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