AEO - Association of event organisers




19 Sep 2016 by: dmg events dmg events

Organised by the National Construction Authority (NCA) and dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, the event will take place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre from Nov 2 to 4, 2016.

Nairobi, 19 Sep 2016–Kenya's first National Construction Week, taking place from Nov 2 to 4, 2016 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, is set to be a major driver for the growth and advancement of Kenya's construction industry.

Speaking at a press conference on Sep 13 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, representatives of the National Construction Authority (NCA), dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa and the State Department of Housing and Urban Development presented the event to the media and the benefits it will bring to the local construction sector.

The National Construction Week, launched by Hon Proff Jacob Kaimenyi Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Lands and Physical Planningearlier this year, will incorporate NCA's Second Annual Construction Research Conference and Exhibition (ACoRCE 2016) and The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016 exhibition organised by dmg events.  

Dr Loise Kipkiror, Vice Chairperson of NCA's board of directors, said to be extremely positive about the new partnership between the NCA and The Big 5 Construct East Africa. “dmg events has more than three decades of experience in the organisation of successful exhibitions around the globe, and is bringing to Kenya the most influential and renowned portfolio of construction industry events, The Big 5.â€'Spanning the Middle East, India, South East Asia and Africa, The Big 5 leverages on a network of over 300,000 suppliers and buyers of construction products from 120 countries.

“Each event is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the local markets that we serveâ€', Ashley Roberts, Event Director of The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016, commented. “Our first event in Kenya will take place this year as the official exhibition of the National Construction Week. We will be showcasing the latest innovations, and never seen before products, not only in Kenya but in the wider African continent as well.â€'

The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016 will host over 200 exhibitors from 20 countries, including Germany, Turkey, Italy, Greece, the UK, France, along with several leading construction firms from Kenya, Mr. Roberts disclosed at the press conference. “This will be the first event in the country that will offer free to attend CPD accredited workshops to construction industry professionals. There will be a day dedicated to the theme of sustainability and we will also bring to Kenya our Platinum Club series supporting professionals working on top projects in the East African region.â€'

According to Ibrahim Hussein, Director of Administration State department of Housing and Urban development, the partnership between the NCA and The Big 5 Construct East Africa 2016 will unlock market opportunities supporting innovation in Kenya's construction industry. “The National Construction Week will bring onboard policy options supporting both the growth and the regulation of the construction sector.â€'

“Other activities of the National Construction Week include our mentorship program, accreditation exercise for artisans, and sensitisation programs through visits in ongoing construction sitesâ€', Dr Kipkiror added.

The theme of ACORCE 2016 is “Nurturing the Transformation of Local Construction Industry on Material and Technology for Best Global Practiceâ€'. The second edition of the Conference will bring together the region's regulators who have adopted construction policies, manufacturers with new technologies adaptable for local industries and development partners. ACORCE 2016 will promote deliberations to be adopted within the National Construction Policy, answering NCA's wider mandate to improve safety in the country's building sector.

The National Construction Week organised by the NCA and dmg events is backed by the Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development, the Ministry of Water & Irrigation, and Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest). The event also enjoys the support of Kenya Federation of Master Builders, UNOPS, Kenya Institute of Public Policy, Research and Analysis, Town and Country Planners Associations of Kenya (TCPAK), Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK), The Institute of Clerks of Works, Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta University of Architecture and Technology, Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK), Kenya Railways, Kenya Wildlife Service, and the National Commission of Science, Technology and Innovation.

To know more about the event visit and

  • "Broadway Events joined the AEO on the Enterprise Membership. We’ve already taken advantage of the many benefits including the excellent FaceTime Masterclasses and training guides for exhibitors."
    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
  • "We are a member of the AEO because it is a proactive association for the events industry. As an organiser it provides us with high value ideas, networking, guidance and information."
    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
  • "I genuinely believe that if you’re involved in organising events you should become a member of the AEO."
    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
  • "Our membership of the AEO represents real and tangible value for UBM - it provides fantastic networking opportunities, practical training for our team as well as valuable insight into the state of our industry."
    Simon Parker
    Informa Markets
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
  • "AEO’s networking and member meetings are valuable for individuals at all levels within our organisation. The promotion of our sector to the outside world, to government, authorities and business at large is another vital aspect of the AEO’s purpose for members, many of whom, like my company, work on events throughout the world."
    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
  • “Knowledge is power and the AEO dinners are certainly powerful, there is always a wealth of knowledge at the table. Insightful presentations make for a constructive and extremely social way to learn from the experts who’ve done it before. I attended the Japanese evening and gained really valuable insight about the culture and how best to communicate with a local audience.”
    John Whitaker
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
  • "We have the opportunity to contribute positively to the industry as well as gaining valuable insight and advice. There’s no need to spend valuable time and money reinventing the wheel when you have so many experienced professionals in AEO membership to learn from”
    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
  • "JOINING THE AEO HAS BEEN FANTASTIC! Being able to gift our customers with free places at the FaceTime masterclasses, learn alongside industry peers and seek advice to common challenges is invaluable”
    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications
  • I just wanted to send my most sincere thanks for everything that you and the AEO team are doing to help navigate the events industry through the pandemic. The working groups and communication from the AEO have been excellent and I’m really appreciative of being part of such a wonderful organisation.
    Simon Burns
    ICHF Events
  • I think what the AEO has been doing during this tough time has been exceptional.
    Greg Cherry
    QD Events LTD
  • It is so useful to hear from your peers at this time. Please pass my thanks to Ruth and the BTIG panel
    Dan Assor
    CloserStill Media
  • Just wanted to thank you and Ruth this morning for the Zoom meeting - it was really interesting to hear how things are moving along in the virtual/hybrid meeting/exhibitions. All very new to me, so a lot to digest.
    Maureen Wright
    Optic UK
  • The session this morning was fantastic. We are right in the midst of this and the information was so useful. We can apply it immediately
    Claire Adams
  • The AEO provides an opportunity to make a difference, to work with other companies for the good of the industry as a whole, but beyond that, it provides it’s members with valuable insight and tangible benefits to grow your business, upskill and engage your teams. For those reasons, our membership is in indelible ink on the each annual budget. In short, if you aren’t a member, you are missing out.
    Ed Tranter
    73 Media




AEO news