SA businesses head off to Zim Trade Fair

April 20 2017 – THE T Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) on Thursday said it will lead a business delegation of South African companies next week to the 2017 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), which takes place in Bulawayo.

The six-day trade fair opens on Tuesday.

South Africa’s participation at the ZITF follows on the heels of its participation in 2016, when 431 trade leads were secured by exhibitors, with 21 Zimbabwean agents appointed. Export sales of R10 million recorded through participation.

Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said the ZITF is one of the largest intra-regional trade fair shows in sub-Saharan Africa and that it provides the largest and most convenient trade hub in the region. In addition, an investment seminar will be held on the margins of the ZITF.

“The ZITF aims to promote intra-Africa trade as well economic integration of the continent,” said Davies.

He said companies that are part of the delegation will be assisted by the dti through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme, which aims to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country. – ANA