The 56th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) starts in Bulawayo on Tuesday with the first three days earmarked for business days followed by the official opening ceremony Friday.
Members of the public will be allowed to visit the ZITF showgrounds between Thursday and Saturday. Some of the events lined up at the show include the annual ZITF Business Conference, Tourism Expo, Printing and packaging exhibition, education expo, home improvement exhibition, the Bulawayo Agricultural Show and ZITF Charity Golf challenge.
The theme of the show is: Stimulating trade – seizing opportunities to accelerate growth. Hundreds of local companies and several countries are participating at the annual event.
The ZITF, which is the largest intra-regional trade fair south of the Sahara, attracted 654 participants last year - 92 foreign and 562 local exhibitors. Exhibitors occupied 93 percent of the total space at the international showgrounds.
Some of the countries that participated at the fair include South Africa, Botswana, China, Malawi, Zambia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Mozambique and several others.
The annual event measures Zimbabwe’s economic pulse as the number of exhibitors are normally determined by the prevailing economic situation.
President Edgar Lungu is expected to officially open ZITF this year.