26 April 2017 – THE 2017 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) kicked-off amid pomp and fanfare opening greater opportunities of further strengthening bilateral trade relations between SA and Zimbabwe and to promote Intra-Africa trade as well as economic integration of the African continent.
“While we must acknowledge the challenges that our economies are faced with, we must also strive to ensure that we take advantage of the positives that exist between ourselves. When nurtured correctly they have a potential to turn around our economies for the better,” says SA’s deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Linda Maso.
SA is represented with the help of the Department of Trade and Industry through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme.
Maso, who also extended his embassy’s help to the Mzansi business delegation said that Zimbabwe’s strategic importance to South Africa could not be taken lightly.
“Our office is open to assisting you with whatever needs you may have. Ensure that you make use of our services. I would like to stress that you must strive to keep the embassy abreast of all your dealings in Zimbabwe, like for example if you are looking to determine the authenticity of a company. Our resources are always on call to ensure your safety,” he says.
The ZITF, which is currently underway in Bulawayo and in its 58th year of existence, is one of the largest intra-regional trade fair shows in sub-Saharan Africa.
The annual exhibition offers exposure to both trade and public visitors and it is said to provide the largest, most convenient trade hub in the region, which started today and end on 29 April 2017. – Business Reporter