Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) chairperson Emmanuel Hachipuka says a total of 450 exhibitors which includes 26 foreign exhibitors have so far confirmed participating in this year’s trade fair to be held under the theme: “Prosperity through business reforms and linkages”.
ZANIS reports Mr Hachipuka saying during a media briefing in Ndola today that a total of 464 local and foreign exhibitors participated in the 2014 trade fair but that more exhibitors are expected to confirm their participation in this year’s trade fair.
Sixteen countries have so far have confirmed participating in this year’s show and that these include Japan, China, Pakistan, USA, India, UK, Nigeria, Namibia, Poland, Egypt, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo, he said.
“Exhibitors should be aware that showcasing at the trade fair does not only help them maximize their profit but also helps the country to strengthen regional trade ties and gain recognition as a hub of business investment,” Mr. Hachipuka said.
He further urged traders, entrepreneurs and companies to consider participating at this year’s show in order to assist trade development in the country.
He however warned that vendors will not be allowed to trade in the show ground streets but that there is a designated place for vendors to trade from and that if found trading on the streets they risk having their merchandise confiscated.
He explained that works to prepare the show grounds have been done as this year’s show will be officiated by President Edgar Lungu and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta and urged all exhibitors to adequately prepare for the show.
Mr. Hachipuka also called on the business community and other interested parties to participate in the business forum that will be held on 2nd and 3rd July 2015 saying the forum was recognized to make the business community relevant to business and trade.
He said the forum will have various themes related to various fields such as investment, tourism, energy, transport, banking and marketing.
The last visiting President to officiate at the ZITF was Lieutenant General Setsere Khama Ian of Botswana in 2010.