15:41 – Now it is time for honouring competition winners, and President Mnangagwa presents the prizes. 

15:39 – President Mnangagwa congratulates companies with outstanding exhibition stands and items, and then ends his speech by declaring the 2018 edition of the ZITF officially opened.

15:37 – President implores authorities at the country’s points of entry to change their attitude and work ethics,’ otherwise they need not to be there.’

15:33 – The President urges industry to produce quality goods, policy makers to adopt pro-business policies to lower productivity costs and the industry to continue establishing linkages in order to ensure a sound economy. 

15:33 – He hails the ZITF for establishing a hotel and conference centre.

15:32 – President Mnangagwa speaks about the ongoing designation of the special economic zones and challenges local businesses to play their part and take advantage of the various facilities which the government is putting in place. He calls on the city of Bulawayo to think big as they push to revive the city’s industrial sector. 

15:31 – The President reiterates his government’s commitment to ensure the safety of investments.

15:29 – Cde Mnangagwa says his administration believes in less talk and more action. 

“We mean business and we realise that action speaks louder than words. My Government will not tolerate any form of public lethargy, bottle necks and corruption. Anyone who will be seen frustrating our efforts will fall by the wayside,” President.

15:27 – “We continue to make the bold step in reforming parastatals and state enterprises so that they contribute to the economy for it to realise sustainable growth,” President Mnangagwa.

1526: “This year’s edition of the ZITF resonates well with my Government’s economic thrust which is industrialisation and modernisation as envisaged by our vision. To achieve this vision, we need a collaborative approach. We recognise that we cannot do it alone hence we are on a reengagement drive to attract Foreign Direct Investment through the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra,” President Mnangagwa.

15:24 – He says his government is committed to making Zimbabwe a middle income economy and one of Africa’s most developed nations in 2030.

15:18 – President Mnangagwa delivers his keynote address.

15:16 – Dr Bimha describes President Mnangagwa as a a man of his words, whose his top priorities is the industrialisation of Zimbabwe.

15:15 – “The fair also assists companies to engage and create contacts among themselves which will lead to us fulfilling the mantra, Zimbabwe is open for business,” Dr Bimha.

 

15:14 – Dr Bimha says the government is committed to creating a conducive environment for investment that is in sync with the Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra.  

15:10 – The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development, Dr Mike Bimha takes to the podium to introduce the guest of honour, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

15:02 – “The ZITF is indeed open for business,” Ncube.

14:57 – After an opening prayer, the ZITF Chairperson, Ruth Ncube takes to the podium to give welcome remarks and starts by congratulate President Mnangagwa for assuming the reins of power, and hails his re-engagement drive.

14:45 – After the inspection of the guard of honour by President Mnangagwa, the National Anthem sounds.

14:23 – Remember: The proceedings are live on ZBC TV. 

14:11 – The stage in now set

14:10 – The trade fair kicked off on Tuesday but only opened the gates to the public today. Since it’s their turn, Zimbabweans did not did not disappoint.

13:59 – President Mnangagwa touring various stands at the trade showcase.

 

13:50 – Earlier on:

President tours ZITF exhibition stands:

President tours ZITF exhibition stands President Emmerson Mnangagwa is now at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) grounds, touring exhibitor stands before officially opening the trade showcase. Accompanied by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development, Dr Mike Bimha, President Mnangagwa has already toured the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society, Zanu PF and National Foods stands. The First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa is also touring various exhibition stands in the company of the Minister of Women Affairs, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni. After the tours, the President will later today officially open the fair, for the first time as the Head of State of Zimbabwe. The fair kicked off on Tuesday and ends tomorrow and is running under the theme: ‘Sustainable Industrial Development — Inclusive, Competitive, and Collaborative.’

13: 45 – The official opening of the 2018 edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) gets underway in Bulawayo.