Namibian president Hage Geingob is expected to officially open this year’s 58th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) on Friday April 28 in Bulawayo.
The trade fair is set kickoff in the City of Kings and Queens (Bulawayo) tomorrow.
ZITF, a traditional five-day event focuses on deliberations on key economic figures both locally and internationally, with participants engaging in production, investment and trade talks.
Born in Grootfontein area, president Geingob attended college in Okahandja and proceeded to acquire training in teaching, a time during which he started thinking of the then prevailing racism.
He started taking part in South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) political activities by April 1960 and officially joined SWAPO in 1962 at the party’s rally where he was chosen to interpret english into damara for the masses.
After termination of South Africa direct responsibility for Namibia, Dr Geingob worked closely with organisations and countries that supported his country’s liberation struggle and contributed a lot to the formation of modern day Namibia through his contributions.
After independence president Geingob served as the first prime minister for 12 and half years before taking a brief political sabbatical after which he returned to politics as a back bencher and chaired the economic parliamentary committee in the national house of assembly.
He was then appointed SWAPO’s chief whip by Namibia’s second president Hifikepunye Pohamba.
In 2008 Dr Geingob was appointed as the minister of trade and industry during which time he introduced meaningful changes in the SMEs sector through the equipment aid scheme and evolving of an industrial policy as the ministry was mandated to promote both trade and industry.
He also revived the implementation of the idea to create an SMEs bank.
Dr Geingob was elected SWAPO vice president in November 2009 and once more emerged vice president of SWAPO party in 2012 after congress.
He is expected to arrive on Wednesday for Friday’s official opening of this year’s ZITF.
During his visit president Geingob is expected to visit Kariba hydro project which is under construction.
This year’s event is being held under the theme, “Harnessing Linkages for Industrial Development”.