Trade Fairs kicks off with hope

The 53rd edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) kicked off in Bulawayo on Tuesday with exhibitors expressing hope of striking good business deals.

Both foreign and local exhibitors who spoke to the Zimbabwean said they were expecting brisk business at this year's showcase which is being held under the theme "Investing locally, reaping globally".

"I am exhibiting at the trade fair for the first time. I am here to exhibit latest computers and iPods .Since the fair started this morning a lot of people have been inquiring about my products. Some of my new products which I brought are still waiting to be cleared by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority

(ZIMRA) at the airport. It would have been better if special clearance mechanisms for international traders had been put in place," said Lameck Handrics, a South African exhibitor.

Another exhibitor from China, Chengne Nange said he was also exhibiting at the international showcase for the first time and is expecting to clinch good business deals.

"This is my first time to be in Zimbabwe and exhibiting at the fair.The company which I represent specialises in mining equipment .Small scale miners have been coming to our stand inquiring about our products. Already we have identified a local dealer who is going to market our products," said Nange.

A local exhibitor, Peter Magaramombe said this year's fair promises to bitter and better.

"I have been exhibiting at the trade fair for the past five years and I have not seen the quality of exhibition which I have witnessed at this year's event. All the sectors are fully represented. I have seen also a marked increase from the number of international traders especially the South Africans.

A total number of 468 exhibitors and 37 foreign companies are taking part in the showcase with 98 percent of the exhibiting space having been taken.

Zambian President Michel Sata is expected to officially open the trade fair on Friday.

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