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Geneva & Frankfurt, December 12, 2017. Messe Frankfurt Argentina and MCI Group have been assigned to organize a major project in congress business:

Messe Frankfurt & MCI Group win organization of G20 in Argentina

Geneva & Frankfurt, December 12, 2017. Messe Frankfurt Argentina and MCI Group have been assigned to organize a major project in congress business:

In 2018 -and for the first time ever- Argentina will host the G20, the foremost international meeting between heads of states, finance ministers and central bank governors from the world's leading economies.

Indexport Messe Frankfurt S.A., a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, together with MCI Group in Argentina (Congresos Internacionales S.A.), were chosen to organize the G20, which includes more than 40 preparatory meetings before the summit that will take place at the end of 2018 in Buenos Aires. The companies join forces for this prestigious international event, to be hosted for the first time in Latin America.

On his part Mr. Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, said: “We are extremely proud that Messe Frankfurt and our affiliate in Argentina have been chosen to be the preferred partners to organize the G20. This is another credential that values the excellence of our activities and our network in Argentina and South America.”

Adding to these comments, Mr. Richard Torriani, COO MCI Group – Americas, stated: “MCI believes that ‘when people come together, magic happens’. In this case, the close partnership of MCI Group and Messe Frankfurt Argentina combined with the knowledge and operational excellence of our local affiliates creates a magical partnership to help promote and organize the G20 in Buenos Aires”.

Indexport Messe Frankfurt and MCI joined forces to bid for the G20 and won this prestigious project after undergoing a strict selection process under the legal status of Transitory Union of Companies (UT) that regulates joint ventures in Argentina.

Mr. Fernando Gorbarán, President and CEO of Indexport Messe Frankfurt S.A, said: "We are extremely happy, and fully committed to the responsibility of organizing this event. As host country, Argentina assumes a key role due to the Summit's enormous importance in political, economic, social and security matters. For this reason we decided, for the first time in our history, to form a joint venture with another firm to leverage our capacities, structures and experience, and to give our full support to the Argentine Government in its role as President of the G20."

Mr. Mariano Castex, Managing Director MCI Argentina & Latin America, also mentioned: “Together with an important local player we have formed a single solid, experienced and professional team to organize more than 48 events related to the G20 Presidency taking place in Argentina during 2018. The Argentine Government has honored our teams and companies by entrusting us with the organization of all these events, a very important challenge we look forward in handling with the utmost professionalism”.

The preparatory meetings will commence during December 2017 and will be hosted in several cities across the country. Messe Frankfurt Argentina and MCI Group will be fully in charge of the realization of these meetings, which includes organization and logistics; evaluation and adaptation of the venues; coordination and contracting of various services (accreditation, infrastructure, audiovisual & IT equipment, copying center, etc.); planning and coordination of social events; and management of hotel reservations, among others.

The kick-off event was the transfer of the G20 Presidency from Germany to Argentina, which took place on November 30th in Buenos Aires. More than 1,500 special guests were present, including President Mauricio Macri, cabinet ministers and ambassadors.


For further details on the information included in this press release, please contact:

Richard Torriani


MCI HQ | Americas

+41 22 33 99 624

Mariano Castex                                                                 

Managing Director – MCI Latin America                                                                                             

+54 11 5252 9828

Natalia Porta

Press & Communication Manager

Messe Frankfurt Argentina

+ 54 11 4514 1400

Carolina Del Pozo

Press officer

Messe Frankfurt Argentina

+ 54 11 4514 1400



Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,300 employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €647 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at: | |


Messe Frankfurt Argentina is the affiliate of the worldwide trade fair organization leader. The purpose of the fairs is to promote actual business meetings to boost activity in regional markets, in the domestic market and in turn prompt the development of the technological pole in each area. The current portfolio of shows of Messe Frankfurt Argentina includes the following exhibitions: Automechanika Buenos Aires, BIEL Light + Building, Confemaq, Emitex, ExpoCehap, ExpoFerretera, ExpoMant, Intersec Buenos Aires, Simatex, Tecno Fidta. In addition to numerous congresses and special events for third party, such as Argentina Oil & Gas Expo, Arminera and Feria COAS de las Naciones, among others. For more information, please visit our website at                                                                                                      


MCI is the global leader in engaging and activating audiences. Our business is founded on a simple human insight: When people come together, magic happens. This magic is called community. Since 1987 we have been bringing people together through inspiring meetings, events, congresses and association management. MCI helps organizations harness the power of community by applying our strategic engagement and activation solutions to build unforgettable online and offline experiences that foster change, inspire, educate and enhance business performance. MCI is an independently owned company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and a global presence. Our +2,100 professionals in 64 offices and 32 countries work with clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa. Find out more at

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