Confirmation that the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair –ZITF will be held this year is expected to bring momentum to the implementation of the National Development Strategy one.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given the greenlight that the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair –ZITF, be held from the 20th to the 23rd of July in Bulawayo.
“Please be advised that the President has approved that Zimbabwe International Trade Fair be held during the period 20th to 23rd July 2021,” reads a letter to the ZITF chairperson Busisa Moyo and signed by the secretary in the Ministry of Industry Dr Mavis Sibanda.
The ZITF has in the past been used successfully as a forum to showcase what Zimbabwe offers and has on numerous occasions attracted International Investors and Foreign Direct Investment.
The last Trade fair was held in 2019 running under the theme Propagating Industrial Growth through Trade and Investment.
The 2020 edition was shelved due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The broader Vision of hosting the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair is to consolidate Zimbabwe’s economic transformation process.
The government has relaxed operations of industry and commerce after they were curtailed for the greater part of 2020 and early this year due to the spike in new Covid-19 infections and deaths.
However, land borders remain closed although the neighbouring countries have reopened theirs.
This year’s event comes as Zimbabwe is expecting a 7.4 percent economic growth which has been attributed to the good rains the country received in the 2020/21 farming season.
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