Major mining companies on the Copperbelt have shunned this year’s on-going Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola.
A check by ZANIS at the trade fair grounds confirmed the mining companies’ absence at the fair and their stand at which they collectively exhibit under the umbrella of the Zambia Chamber of Mines has since been taken by the Communications Authority of Zambia.
And Zambia International Traded Fair General Manager, Johnson Mwenya, also confirmed the absence of the mining sector, the country’s economic backbone.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Ndola today, Mr Mwenya said the mining companies are not exhibiting at this year’s trade fair because their council had only approved their participation at the Kitwe Agricultural and mining show where they participated.
Mr Mwenya, however, said the mining companies have not indicated whether they have permanently withdrawn their participation at the ZITF or they will participate in the future coming fairs.
He, however, said that even if they had not participated, they have given the ZITF support which shows that they still appreciate the trade fair.
He hoped that the mining sector would participate in the future trade fairs.
This is the first time the major mining companies have shunned the trade fair and some members of the public talked to by ZANIS attributed the mining companies’ absence at the trade fair to the global economic crunch that had badly hit their sector.
This year’s international trade fair begun yesterday and will run until Tuesday next week under the theme ‘Investing in Infrastructure for Competitiveness’.