A plan to start implementing the new Tripoli Fairgrounds project has been announced.
The revelation came during a meeting led by Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohamed Hwej, in the presence of the Chairman of the Administrative Control Authority, Suleiman Al-Shanti, the Undersecretaries of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Free Zones, the Minister’s Advisor, directors of departments and heads of bodies affiliated with the Ministry of Economy,
During the meeting, the Chairman of the General Authority for Exhibitions, Essam Al-Aoul, reviewed the strategic plan of the General Authority for Exhibitions, including the start of the implementation of the new Tripoli (Al-Amriya/Saadiya) Fair with a total eventual area of 450,000 square meters.
The new site will be 20 km from Tripoli International Airport, 49 km from Mitiga Airport, 42 km from Tripoli Port, and 39 km away from central Tripoli.
During the meeting, a visual presentation of the new fair investment maps was presented. The total area of the initial target showrooms is 13,500 square meters.
Speaking exclusively to Libya Herald, the head of the General Authority for Exhibitions, Essam Al-Aoul, confirmed that the choice of the Al-Amriya/Saadiya area is due to the good geographical features of this area.
New site well located
He said there is good space for an exhibition of international standards, which allows the establishment of covered showrooms and open show spaces with different service facilities. In addition, there are two good roads to Tripoli, and the proximity to Tripoli International Airport, where construction work recently restarted.
Need for international standards
Al-Aoul pointed out that there is an urgent need to establish an exhibition with international standards that is compatible with the requirements of international organizations specialized in exhibitions in terms of showrooms and their expansion and service and logistical facilities – as a substitute for the old Tripoli International Fair.
Old fairground out of date
He said the old Tripoli International Fairgrounds can no longer accommodate exhibitions and international economic events due to their limited space, obsolescence of buildings and presence in a crowded area in the heart of Tripoli.
New fairground vision being developed
Al-Aoul added that the basic proposals and initial visions of the new fair site format and the distribution of its halls are currently being developed.
He said these will be presented to specialized engineering companies for architectural drawings and construction maps, and at another stage, the project will be presented to contractors to implement the various exhibition halls and facilities.
Existing fairgrounds to be kept and developed
As for the current fairgrounds, Al-Aoul said that work is underway to maintain and develop the existing showrooms and establish new ones according to international standards.
Project to involve the private sector
He stressed that the Minister of Economy has instructed the need to involve the private sector to achieve this and for the exhibitions to be an important and essential resource supporting the national economy.