Zambia: Mozambican Leader to Grace ZITF

MOZAMBICAN President Fellipe Nyusi is expected to officially open this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Ndola next month.

President Edgar Lungu who is the patron of the ZITF will also attend the Trade Fair for which 520 exhibitors have already confirmed their participation.

Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe said this in Lusaka yesterday.

This year’s fair which will run from June 29, to July 5, would be held under the theme, “Enhanced Value Addition for Job Creation.”

“I am pleased to note and appreciate that his Excellency, Mr Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia and Patron of the ZITF will definitely attend this year’s fair. I am also pleased to note and announce that

Mr Fellipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique will grace the fair,” Ms Mwanakatwe said.

So far, 520 companies have confirmed participation out of which 419 are local and 109 are foreign exhibitors from 16 countries within and outside the continent.

The exhibitors are from Botswana, China, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Parkistan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Ms Mwanakatwe praised the companies that had confirmed participation and urged others to heed Government’s call and be part of this year’s event.

Ms Mwanakatwe said the Government in collaboration with the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) would be hosting a Business Forum, on the sidelines of the 52nd edition of the ZITF from June 30, to July 1, at Ndola’s Mukuba Hotel.

The forum is intended to provide an opportunity for exhibitors, visitors and audiences to discuss topical issues amongst themselves as businesses and with the Government.

She also said that Government had partnered with local security firms as well as local police to ensure that the Fair was provided with security.

“I think that we all need to preach peace. We are receiving international guests as I said, 109 companies will be represented. I think we really need to show a spirit of peace to these people so that we can have more participation next year,” she said.

Source: The Times of Zambia