Suppliers of logistical products and services can take advantage of a new exhibition for the humanitarian sector, held in Brussels from 19-20 October 2011.
Aimed at helping to improve the delivery of aid, AidEx will comprise of an exhibition, conference, demonstrations and workshops. It will provide suppliers of logistics with a unique platform to engage directly with buyers from governmental and intergovernmental agencies and NGOs.
Event director, Nicholas Rutherford, explains why the introduction of AidEx arrives at a pivotal time in the current climate: "Increasing economic pressure, combined with a growing scrutiny of foreign aid, has meant the humanitarian aid community must achieve its most effective deployment of budgets to date.
"This is the perfect opportunity for companies that supply services to the humanitarian aid sector to get in front of decision-makers and showcase their latest products."
AidEx will feature displays of equipment at set intervals throughout the two day event, with demonstrations on how to operate radios, build temporary structures and use water pumps enabling visitors to learn about the latest aid-related products, technologies and services.
In addition, AidEx will provide delegates with unrivalled learning opportunities through conferences, workshops and seminars. Conferences will explore the latest issues in policy, funding and sourcing, such as transparency; use of local suppliers and advances in communications technology. Whilst workshops will cover practical applications of techniques, including rules and regulations relating to funding and training on logistics.
AidEx is committed to helping professionals within the international aid community work more closely together. Ensuring that the needs of the whole community are met, the organisers have set up a steering committee to guide event content. Members include key representatives from leading NGOs and businesses, including Pierre Boulet-Desbareau from Mdecins Sans Frontires, Mike Goodhand from The British Red Cross, Amjid Illahi from Islamic Relief Worldwide and Phillip Hoare from Sightsavers International.
Exhibitors so far confirmed include Scan Global Logistics who specialise in emergency relief logistics.