BIHE 2016, the 22nd Azerbaijan International Healthcare Exhibition took place at Baku Expo Center on 19 of September. In parallel with BIHE two other events also were held: the 11th Azerbaijan International Stomatology Azerbaijan 2016 Exhibition and the 10th Anniversary Azerbaijan International Beauty and Aesthetic Medicine Beauty Azerbaijan 2016 exhibition.
The official opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of the Healthcare of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Elsever Aghayev, Deputy Minister of the Healthcare of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Valeriy Shevchuk, Chairman of the Azerbaijan Stomatological Association Mrs. Rena Aliyeva, Director of Exhibitions “TURSAB” Mrs. Sevinj Ozkan Divrikli, Executive Director of Iteca Caspian Mr. Farid Mammadov.
Deputy Minister E. Aghayev stressed that the region's largest BIHE exhibition had been and remains the main event in the field of healthcare. “This event provides professionals in the medical industry with a forum to meet and exchange information and ideas and is the ideal platform to demonstrate innovations in medicine, treatment methods, and the latest technologies”, - said Mr. Aghaev. In conclusion, the Deputy Minister personally thanked Farid Mammadov and the organisers for staging the BIHE exhibition over these many years.
In conclusion, F. Mammadov thanked the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan for supporting the exhibition since its inception.
125 companies from 20 countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine took 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 was also attended by local distributors of medical equipment, who were partners of the world's largest producers. Among the local distributors were the companies Besan, BTL Industries AZ, Labservis and others. Debutants companies from Azerbaijan, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Tunisia amounted to 30%.
The BIHE 2016 exhibition was featured the following sections: medical and laboratory equipment, consumables, pharmaceuticals, medical instruments, and pharmaceutical equipment. One of the differences of this year's exhibition was the growth of pharmaceutical sector in which the companies demonstrated equipment and technologies for pharmaceuticals and turnkey construction of pharmaceutical plants. Along with the foreign manufacturers, the exhibition was also attended by local distributors of medical equipment, who were partners of the world's largest producers. Among the local distributors were the companies Besan, BTL Industries AZ, Labservis and others.
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 included clinics, health centres and hospitals from Belarus, Germany, Latvia, Turkey, and the Czech Republic. For the second straight year the Medical Tourism section was sponsored by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB).
For the first time the organisers of the Medical Tourism section held a workshop. The participants of the workshop were foreign clinics and local tourism companies operating in the Medical Tourism sector and patients. Participants of the workshop had the opportunity to establish business contacts and held direct talks without intermediaries at pre-scheduled meeting.
The manager of the exhibition Emiliya Ismayilova noted that 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.
The exhibitors of Stomatology Azerbaijan Johnson & Johnson, DRC group (brand R.O.C.S), Piave, Henan Biou Medical Devices Co., Ltd presented new of dental equipment and consumables, the latest technology in implant dentistry and teeth whitening, oral hygiene.
The total number of visitors for three days - 3575 people, more than 85% of whom were specialists. During the 3 days of the exhibition were the meeting place of the old partners, doctors, and also helped to build new channels of cooperation, we have created an excellent opportunity to assess the market, promising to sign the contracts and investments. Organizers of the exhibition is traditionally awarded honorary certificates of sponsors, partners and project participants, who ingeniously come to the exhibition and distinguished by their exposures, as well as active work. Thus, owners of honorary certificates in the following categories were:
“The Best Stand Design ” – BESAN LLC
“The Best Shell Scheme” - BARIJ ESSENCE PHARMACEUTICAL CO
“The Best Product Presentation” - ALFLETH ENGINEERING AG
“The Best Debut” - KLINIKI BELARUSI
“For Long Term Participation” - LABSERVIS LTD
“The Best Customer Attraction” - ALTAI MARALI
“The Best Performance” - ACIBADEMHEALTHCARE GROUP
“The Best Corporate Style” - BTL INDUSTRIES
“For Remarkable Partnership” – TURSAB
“The Best Country Presentation in Medical Tourism” - Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
The organisers of the exhibition are ITE Group and its partner Iteca Caspian. The exhibition is officially supported by the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijan Stomatological Association, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organisations of the Azerbaijan Republic (ASK) and the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO).