INTERNATIONAL Exhibitors trading at the just ended Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) have expressed disappointment at the slow pace of business during the event.
Exhibitors from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Tanzania and Kenya in separated interview yesterday said they had for the first in history made a lot of losses at the fair.
DRC Chamber of Commerce Public Relations Officers Almee Manyong in an interview said traders selling different products from her country had not made any profits or any partnerships with companies from other countries.
She said the traders had spent more money transporting their merchandise to Ndola but did not recoup their expenditure from the sales during the fair adding that they would go back DRC with their goods.
Kamal Saidi an Egyptian trading in deferent products said he had not made any profit from the show and he was forced to sell his goods at a cheaper price.
“The business is very slow here despite seeing a lot of people coming to my stand, the amount of money made from this show cannot even meet the charge of this stand, I will go back to Egypt with my goods,” he said.
He complained that the ZIFT management hiked the prices of the stands by K3000 adding that he had paid K10 000 for his stand in the Rex Fertig hall.
And Roselyne Mutau an exhibitor from Kenya trading from the exporters’ hall said a lot of people were just trooping to her stand to admire her merchandise but very few were buying.
She made a lot of losses during the Trade Fair as she was forced to sell her goods at a very low price to attract customers.
Ms Mutau called on ZIFT management to reduce the prices of the stands to affordable rates to allow people make profit.