Technology a viable solution to accelerate Africa's construction and infrastructure supply chain

Big5CAF PixabayAs the digital adoption is increasing across businesses, particularly due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19, The Big 5 is set to organise a digital event from 21-22 July, focussing on technological advances and future in Africa's construction and infrastructure sector

The global pandemic and restrictions over travel and gatherings are posing unprecedented challenges to businesses, and the building and construction industry is no exception. Technology and event organisers’ experience are bridging the physical gap, providing viable solutions to overcome at least some of today’s pressing issues.

The digital event, the first of its kind supporting the infrastructure and construction communities across the continent, aims to build resiliency, boost the industry’s recovery efforts and help plan ahead for the post-COVID-19 era, connecting businesses and professionals in a safe and convenient way. 

Global construction solutions providers will present their latest products across the two days of the event. The goal is to establish new business relationships and reinforce the supply chain’s resiliency in a market, the African one, where infrastructure spent in 2021 is expected to increase by 10.8 per cent y-o-y, according to ABiQ.

Beyond innovative product demonstrations, The Big 5 Digital Festival Africa will deliver insight, inspiration and direction through a broad education agenda. With an emphasis on business continuity, infrastructure development and investments, digitalisation, governance and sustainability, the event’s programme provides on-point information and intelligence to industry players already active or interested in entering the African market. Confirmed speakers include Ministerial representatives as well as thought leaders from across Africa and beyond. 

Muhammed Kazi, vice-president at dmg events, the organiser of The Big 5 Digital Festival Africa, said, “The Big 5 Digital Festival Africa aims to help infrastructure and construction stakeholders in Africa reconnect again through over 15 hours of quality networking opportunities, join forces, get inspired, and envision novel solutions for the industry’s future.”

Benjamin Gossage, B2B sales and marketing director at Canon Central and North Africa, stated, “We are excited to join The Big 5 Digital Festival Africa to effectively and conveniently engage with thousands of industry professionals in Africa, ignite their imagination, boost operational efficiencies, and drive business success thanks to Canon’s creative applications.”

The Big 5 Digital Festival Africa is free-to-attend and supported by Platinum Sponsors Toolkit, Canon, Decoral System, METALCO Srl and Qatar Development Bank (QDB), and Gold Sponsors Everest, Gulf Acrylic Industries, Therra Wood, Wonderfloor, MIAKOM and Shamal Plastic Industries.

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