welshman ncube 07-05-11.jpgThere was an upward trend in both exhibitors and space occupied this year at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), an indication that more business was conducted.

Speaking at a press conference, the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Professor Welshman Ncube said 834 exhibitors showcased at this year’s fair compared to 822 last year, while more space was occupied this year.

Countries that include Germany and Indonesia and a number of African companies who attended the fair, noted that Zimbabwe remains an investor friendly destination.

Minister Ncube also admitted that the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe have challenged his ministry to work on strategies to improve industrial development in Bulawayo.

He expressed concern on the shortage of hotel space in Bulawayo, an issue that saw some exhibitors and guests securing accommodation in Gweru.