By Lisa Masuku
ORGANISERS of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair have described the just ended fair as a huge success, considering that it was the first major regional showcase in the COVID-19 era.
The trade fair has been described as a learning barometer to other countries that are working on hosting trade expos like the upcoming Intra Africa Trade show set to be hosted by South Africa in Durban this November.
In an interview with ZBC News in Bulawayo this Monday, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ZITF, Ms Stella Nkomo said the fair met its objectives, among them managing to bring together over 300 exhibitors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with no positive cases being reported.
“We have just hosted a successful trade expo that was well subscribed to. And was the first international expo in the region hence it has provided a learning yardstick to other countries that are working on following hosting international trade expos. Countries like South Africa that are working on hosting the intra Africa trade fair in November have highlighted a lot,” said Stella Nkomo, ZITF Deputy CEO.
A strong COVID-19 management plan employed by the ZITF team working hand in hand with the Bulawayo City Council health services department ensured a COVID-19 safe expo.
“We appreciate the corporation of the public during the trade fair. As you are aware there was a committee tasked with ensuring all COVID-19 guidelines are followed hence no covid19 cases were recorded at the fair,” said Dr Edwin Sibanda, Bulawayo City health Director.
The successful return of the trade show this year also saw organisers focusing on having more business days to promote trade between local entities and the international community.