Zimbabwe’s premier international trade fair continues to be a critical platform to market and establish business linkages for local firms, as most recorded brisk business during the fair.

Notably, the quality of exhibitions this year cemented the strides that the trade expo is recording in leaving a mark as a business exchange hub in Southern Africa.

The towering figure of the fair spire is a symbol of strength for businesses that come to Bulawayo each year to exhibit their products.

Innovation and creativity defined this year’s exhibition, spelling a new chapter for the trade expo.

Most were duly rewarded for their efforts at an event officiated by the guest of honour Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

Industry and Commerce Minister, Cde Nqobizitha Ndlovu noted that the trade expo will continue to be a pivotal pedestal to facilitate intra-Africa trade.

Authorities are planning to expand the exhibition space after bookings shattered records this year.


First Lady impressed

The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa said she is impressed by the quality of exhibitions by youths and women who are showcasing at the fair.

Amai Mnangagwa toured various stands at the ZITF in Bulawayo together with the Ugandan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mrs Barbra Nekesa Oundo.

“I am impressed by the increase in the number of women and youths that are exhibiting this year. The products that they have are very impressive and I even advised the Minister of Health and Child Care to contact some of the women who are producing porridge so that it can be given to hospitals to improve the diet of the hospitalised children, especially in areas that were affected by Cyclone Idai,” she said.

Ambassador Nekesa Oundo urged Zimbabweans to support projects initiated by the First Lady as they are key in the development of the country.

She also advocated for intra-regional trade as a way of promoting investment and developing the continent.

“The integrated market has the capacity to transform Africa’s political independence into sustainable economic development. Currently, most countries in Africa belong to more than one regional economic community, a situation that promotes conflicts of loyalty and confusion of commitment, thus hindering progress of integration in Africa,” she said.

They toured various stands among them Datlabs, Angel of Hope, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development and National AIDS Council where the First Lady showed that she was in touch with what was happening in the country.

The First Lady and the Ugandan Ambassador were accompanied by the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obediah Moyo.