One of the events that have been postponed is the Water Africa and East Africa Building and Construction Exhibition that was scheduled for 11-13 March 2020 in Kigali
“As was stated in our recent email, we were faced with the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is causing serious disruption throughout the world and as a result, Rwanda is taking stringent precautions to limit population exposure to the virus. Exhibitions and seminars are seen as high-risk areas for people to attend, particularly where international visitors from affected countries are present.
In addition, the government of Rwanda through their Prime Minister have called upon their people to avoid touching in the form of handshaking, hugging, etc. and to avoid close contact with anyone who may be potentially infected with the virus,” the statement reads in part.
In addition, the statement says, organizers have we learned that Kenya had the previous day declared that all events are to be canceled for 30 days.
“This is an unprecedented move and one which we are sure will follow in other neighboring countries”.
Organizers say they also had to consider the possibility of exhibitors and visitors having problems when returning to the home countries as several countries have now placed a 14-day quarantine moratorium on all passengers arriving back from foreign travel.
“With these issues in mind and the fact that we were advised that visitors would boycott the event, we felt compelled to postpone the event for 6 months in the hope that coronavirus will have been brought under control and that business and travel are back to normal. We have provisionally rescheduled the event to take place from 16th to 18th September 2020 but will monitor the ongoing problems which are still on the increase,” concludes the statement signed by Tracey Nolan-Shaw. Managing Director of ACE Event Management.