- The business expo finally kicks after some postponements
- President Mnangagwa to officially open the fair on Thursday
- 11 countries and almost 400 local exhibitors expected to take part
Harare – Zimbabwe’s biggest trading expo, the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) kicks off today in Bulawayo after a few false starts and postponements
The exhibition which is traditionally supposed to be held in April was initially pushed back on account of the COVID-19 pandemic to between the 20th and 23rd July 2021 however, the government introduced an intense lockdown during that period which forced authorities to reschedule the expo to September.
In light of all the COVID-19 disruptions and fittingly, this year’s expo will be held under the theme “Showcasing the New Normal for Business & Industry: Realities and Opportunities” and will be a hybrid event with both virtual and physical exhibitions.
Expo chairman Busisa Moyo says “ZITF 2021 presents an ideal platform for stakeholders to converge and rebuild businesses while navigating the contours of the new normal, which has become largely buttressed by technology,” thus the chosen theme.
A total of 11 countries confirmed participation in this year’s fair and these include Botswana, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Belarus, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Exhibitors from these countries will interact and network with a total of 396 local direct exhibitors that registered their participation at the Trade Fair.
President Mnangagwa is set to officially open the fair on Thursday (September 23, 2021) while a number of high-level engagements have been planned including the calendar International Business Conference to be led by Vice-President Dr Constantino Chiwenga tomorrow (September 22, 2021), the ZITF Innovators’ Forum, the inaugural ZITF Diplomats Forum, the Bulawayo Agricultural Show, Scholastica Conference and the CZI/ZITF Indaba.
Meanwhile, in adherence with the country’s COVID-19 regulations, there will only be one public day open to adults only while children below the age of 18 who often frequented the public days for entertainment will not be allowed this year.
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