LONDON, (The Southern African Times) – All is set for the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), with more than 350 exhibitors expected at the fair.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the southern African economy, several companies have confirmed their participation at this year’s edition of the fair.
Briefing the media in Bulawayo last week ZITF Board Chairperson, Mr Busisa Moyo emphasised the importance of the exhibition to the recovery of local industry.
“With exactly one week left to the ZITF, we are ready to once again host the ZITF. The exhibition centre is already a hive of activity as exhibitors finalise their stand preparations ahead of the start of the show next week. 357 direct exhibitors have booked and confirmed participation on 40 109 square metres of exhibition space. Of these, 11 percent are first-time exhibitors. 10 countries are participating at this tears exhibition,” said Moyo.
Robust Covid-19 measures will be in place with Exhibitors expected to produce a negative COVID-19 certificate as a safety measure.
Moyo added: “All exhibitors, vendors, service providers and conference delegates will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result, PCR or Antigen taken within 48 hours of the beginning of the show. One day visitors do not need to take a test as they will spend limited at the show and will be under close monitoring by COVID-19 police. We strongly encourage all participants to take advantage of governments intensified covid-19 vaccination drive and ensure that they at least one dose by the time of the show.”
As part of efforts to decongest the trade showcase, children below the age of 18 will not be allowed.
The four-day event, which begins on September 21 to 24 will this year run under the theme, “Showcasing the new normal for business and industry: realities and opportunities.”
It will have three exclusive business days from September 21 to 23.
From September 21 to 22, the trade fair will host the Innovators’ Forum, and the ZITF International Business Conference hosted in conjunction with the National Economic Consultative Forum on the 23rd.
Taking place virtually on the 24 of September, the Scholastica Conference will spotlight the need for integration of e-learning solutions into the existing education system and other issues pertaining to the future of education in Zimbabwe.