President Emmerson Mnangagwa toured the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) stands where he witnessed the dividends of the country’s value addition thrust and was apprised on the progress of the command agriculture programme and rebranding exercise the establishment has embarked on among other issues.
Cde Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development, Dr Mike Bimha and other government officials began proceedings with a briefing from the ZITF management before embarking on the tour.
His first stop was at the Schweppes stand, before proceeding to hall number one to have an appreciation of operations of Wattle Company where he received a donation of trusses for a classroom block and charcoal.
He also visited the Tregers stand and then the livestock stands where he witnessed a number of breeds of livestock that were on display.
Next was the National Foods exhibition and the produce side where he saw the various crop seed variety on display.
At the command agriculture stand, he was updated on the progress achieved so far under this initiative which he championed when he was still Vice President.
Cde Mnangagwa then visited the Zanu PF stands where he toured the gender, art and culture stand that seemed popular with many visitors and witnessed the story of his life which was being told in pictures before visiting the Women’s League stand as well as the Youth League stand.
The president then went on to visit the foreign delegates stands where he saw the Zambian Development Agency, Botswana, Nigeria and Japan stands.
He concluded his visit at the Office of the President and Cabinet stand where he was briefed on progress on the national rebranding exercise which is meant to market the country through a unified and consistent message.
After the tours, the President later officially opened 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.’