BIHE 2016, the 22nd Azerbaijan International Healthcare Exhibition will take place at Baku Expo Center 19 - 21 September. For over 22 years the exhibition has created new opportunities for the promotion of innovative products for the medicinal practice, attracting manufacturers of medical devices and equipment, pharmaceutical companies, professionals working in the health care system, representatives of state bodies and local business interests. BIHE takes place with support from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijan Stomatology Association, the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO), and the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organisations of the Azerbaijan Republic (ASK).
121 companies from 20 countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine will take part at the BIHE 2016 exhibition. In general, foreign exhibitors account for 60% of the total number of exhibitors. Along with the foreign manufacturers, the exhibition is also attended by local distributors of medical equipment, who are partners of the world's largest producers. Among the local distributors are the companies Besan, BTL Industries AZ, Labservis and others. Debutants, including companies from Azerbaijan, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Tunisia, amount to 30%.
The BIHE 2016 exhibition will feature the following sections: medical and laboratory equipment, consumables, pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, and pharmaceutical equipment. One of the differences of this year's exhibition is the growth of pharmaceutical sector in which the companies plan to introduce equipment and technologies for pharmaceuticals and turnkey construction of pharmaceutical plants.
This year again actively represented the Medical Tourism section, which brought together more than 20 clinics and companies involved in the organisation of treatment abroad. These include clinics, health centres and hospitals from Belarus, Germany, Latvia, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. For the second straight year the Medical Tourism section is sponsored by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB).
For the first time the organisers of the Medical Tourism section will hold a workshop on September 20 at the Baku Expo Centre. The participants of the workshop are foreign clinics and local tourism companies operating in the Medical Tourism sector and patients who want to be sent abroad for treatment. Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to establish business contacts and hold direct talks without intermediaries at pre-scheduled meeting. Conducting the workshop will contribute to the development of medical tourism in Azerbaijan, facilitate the exchange of experience with foreign colleagues and inform the public about the medical tourism potential in Azerbaijan.
Thus, the BIHE exhibition has been and remains the main event in healthcare for communication among the healthcare industry professionals and an ideal place to showcase innovations in medicine, treatment methods, and the leading technologies. In parallel with BIHE two other events will also be held: The 11th Azerbaijan International Stomatology Azerbaijan 2016 Exhibition and the 10th Anniversary Azerbaijan International Beauty and Aesthetic Medicine Beauty Azerbaijan 2016 Exhibition.