All set for 60th ZITF edition

OVER 90 percent of the available exhibition space at the 60th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) has already been snapped up, a government minister has revealed.

ZITF, the country’s largest trade showcase is set to take place between April 23 and 27 under the theme, “Propagating Industrial Growth through Trade and Investment”.

Addressing journalists yesterday after touring the exhibition centre, Industry minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said the preparations are reaching climax level.

“Preparations...are gaining momentum and the ZITF Company is optimistic and charged with positivity for a successful show. Having had an opportunity to tour the exhibition centre this afternoon …. I was impressed with the level and quality of work that exhibitors are putting into their stands.

“As government we recognise ZITF as a stage for us to engage the international community as we seek to strengthen linkages which are pivotal to us achieving our desired economic growth rate trajectory,” Ndlovu told journalists.
Concerning the overall space uptake, the youthful minister said, to date 47 724 square metres have been taken up by a total of 435 exhibitors.

"This occupancy figure represents 90,03 uptake on space made available for sale. These statistics compare favourably to the booking situation at the same time last year. Of these 12 percent are first time exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services….”

Ndlovu said in terms of geographical mix 59 percent of confirmed local exhibitors are from Harare, 23 percent are from Bulawayo, 13 percent from other towns and 5 percent are foreign.
On the international exhibitor front, Ndlovu said 16 direct exhibitors have booked.

A survey conducted by Daily News yesterday revealed that most of the hotels including the city’s only three conventional hotels under Rainbow and Africa Sun and Cresta as well as lodges are fully booked for the week long business extravaganza with almost three weeks to go.

The confirmed international exhibitors are 12 representing Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Japan, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Zambia.

The USA, will however be making a return to the fair after a three year hiatus, in what Ndlovu described as a sign of their commitment to re-engaging Zimbabwe.

Ndlovu could not be drawn into revealing the name of the guest at this year’s edition saying he still wanted to confirm with the Foreign Affairs ministry.

He however extended an invitation to all local and non-Zimbabwean business people who wish to partner “with us on this exiting journey towards dynamic, inclusive economic growth that empowers and enriches the Zimbabwean people to take advantage of the myriad opportunities presented by ZITF 2019.”

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