By Staff Reporter
BULAWAYO – The preparations for the 61st Edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) are at an advanced stage and His Excellency President Emerson Mnangagwa will officially open the event which will also be graced by a host of foreign exhibitors.
This was announced by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during a Post Cabinet meeting in Harare this Tuesday.
“Cabinet wishes to inform the public that the theme of the 61st Edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair is “Showcasing the New Normal for Business and Industry: Realities and Opportunities”.
“His Excellency the President will officially open the Fair on 23 September, 2021, and attendance will be strictly by invitation to manage numbers; the Zim-Diplomats Forum is scheduled for 23 September, 2021 and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The function aims at engaging locally-based foreign diplomats on the ongoing measures by Government to facilitate investment; and 24 September, 2021 will be a Public day and no children will be allowed entry,” said Hon. Mutsvangwa.
“The Fair will run for four days from 21 to 24 September, 2021. The first three days will be Business Days, and the following are the highlights: the Vice President, Hon. C.G.D.N. Chiwenga will deliver the keynote address at the ZITF International Business Conference, which will be on 22 September, 2021,” she said.
The third edition of the ZITF Innovators Forum will be held on 21 to 22 September, 2021.
The Forum will target innovators drawn from Innovation Hubs of the local universities, and will present students with an opportunity to showcase their innovations to address real life challenges.
It has been indicated that 396 local exhibitors, as well as international exhibitors from eleven (11) countries have already confirmed participation.
International exhibitors are from Malawi; Tanzania; Namibia; Botswana; Nigeria; Indonesia; South Africa; Belarus; Kenya; Mauritius; and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Given that the Fair is being held during COVID-19 times, the nation is advised that an elaborate COVID-19 Risk Management Plan has been produced and circulated to all exhibitors.
It has been learnt that there will be heightened health and safety protocols, modified venue layouts, digital and hybrid meeting platforms and emphasis on numbers management.
By Staff Reporter