African Printing Industry Eyes SGI Dubai 2016 Exhibition

For the third consecutive year, approved UNICEF and Panalpina have joined forces to fly much-needed relief goods to an African country where a recurring crisis is taking a heavy toll on society and its weakest members: children.

Violence and a shortage of essential drugs pose major risks to their health.

A Panalpina chartered cargo aircraft recently landed in Burundi with 70 tons of primary medical care goods on board.

These include antibiotics, about it analgesics, ambulance infusion sets and hospital equipment, provided by UNICEF.

According to the United Nations, Burundi is facing its deepest political crisis since the end of the civil war, after President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a controversial third term in office.

A broad array of actors warned that his attempt was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi.

Since April 2015, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has registered more than 200 killings and hundreds of cases of arbitrary arrest and detention.

The vital goods will be distributed to Burundi’s health centers which are the first place to go to for medical assistance.


“These relief goods can save the lives of thousands of children,” says Elsbeth Mueller, executive director of the Swiss committee for UNICEF

Burundi has known cycles of recurring violence since its independence, plunged into crisis again in April 2015.

The current crisis has so far left more than 200 people dead, with more than 200,000 Burundians crossing borders to seek safe shelter in neighboring countries.

Nearly one child out of ten dies before age five. Easily preventable and treatable diseases including pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria are often responsible for these tragic deaths.

The current crisis has led to an acute shortage of medication and hospital equipment, and a timely supply of essential drugs for quick treatment is seen as critical to improve child health and survival in Burundi.
Trade visitors from over 80 countries across all continents including Africa are expected to visit the largest printing and signage exhibition in Dubai next year, ed ChimpBusiness reports.

International Expo Consults (IEC) stated that the African printing industry stakeholders can immensely benefit by visiting the (Sign and Graphic Imaging) SGI Dubai 2016 trade show.

The event will showcase the innovative products and services from various exhibitors from across the globe under a unified platform.

As per the Smithers Pira report the printing revenues in Middle East and Africa are set to touch US$26 billion in 2018.

SGI Dubai 2016 in its 19th edition will be held on the 10th, troche 11th and 12th of January 2016, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

This is also the largest and prominent trade event for printing and signage industry in the region.

SGI Dubai 2016 will also have dedicated pavilions for the players within the digital signage, textile printing and retail signage industry sectors.

Mr. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman of IEC states, “We are looking forward to welcoming the trade visitors from Africa to our show. We received close to 13,000 visitors from across 78 countries in the previous edition of our show and the numbers are slated to increase in 2016 as well.”

Adbul stated that there is a huge demand for state-of-the-art printing equipment and signage as the African economy is now consolidating and growing to the next level.

He said a strategic approach from Africa’s print and signage industry can provide the ideal solutions that could contribute to the development of businesses within several vertical industry segments.

Private sector publishing has flourished in Uganda since the economic liberalisation of the 1990s.

Foundation Publishers Limited is one of the major local publishing houses in the country, producing a variety of products from academic and school textbooks to fiction and tourist-related literature.

Makerere University publishes a wide catalogue of journals that cover many disciplines.

According to the National Book Trust of Uganda, an organisation which promotes authorship, publishing and development of the culture of reading in Uganda, the most growth in publishing has been seen through educational books.

Abdul said there is a huge potential in Africa’s printing industry with stakeholders are looking to gradually phase out old equipment to bring in new technology.

This growth, he argued, translates into large scale opportunities for printers, raw material suppliers and print equipment suppliers in Africa.

“Growing requirement from industries such as retail, entertainment and healthcare are definitely expected to drive the local demand in the coming years,” said Abdul.


SGI Dubai 2015, an official Dubai Shopping Festival event welcomed over 400 global exhibitors from across 34 countries and registered over 12,781 trade visitors from 78 countries during the last edition.

SGI Dubai 2016 is an ideal converging point where visitors and exhibitors can reach out with architects, sign makers, print and production manufacturers, media agencies, real-estate developers, brand and image consultants among others.

In the past decade, the GDP of 54 countries in Africa has been rapidly expanding as compared to the global average and is now a USD$2 trillion economy.

s per reports six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are now located in Africa and the world is currently witnessing its booming economic success. This is also slated to give a tremendous boost to the economy’s printing industry sector in the coming years.

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