Eleven countries confirm ZITF participation

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ELEVEN countries have so far confirmed their participation at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) as more local and international exhibitors seek to ride on the showcase to expand businesses and trade.

Bulawayo will host the prime multi-sectoral trade exhibition under tight Covid-19 mitigation protocols next month (20 to 23 July) under the theme: “Showcasing the New Normal for Business & Industry: Realities and Opportunities.”

The theme acknowledges that ZITF 2021 is taking place against the backdrop of Covid-19 and, as such, calls for multi-stakeholder engagement in forging innovative sustainable business models, economic and trade re-engagement.

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ZITF: Time for Bulawayo to shine again

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THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, the country’s premier international trade and investment showcase, is back. The ZITF Company board chairman Mr Busisa Moyo said the annual trade expo which was cancelled last year following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be held from 20 to 23 July under strict Covid-19 health protocols.

“The ZITF Company board and management wishes to advise all stakeholders that His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe has approved the hosting of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair from 20th to 23rd July 2021,” said Mr Moyo.

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ZITF embraces indigenous languages to foster inclusivity

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THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Company board chairman, Mr Busisa Moyo, says it is important to foster inclusivity in the messaging of updates leading to this year’s biggest annual trade expo, which is set for July.

This would be achieved through regular updates in local languages as part of efforts to ensure comprehensive buy in from all Zimbabweans.

Mr Moyo, who is also the chief executive officer of Bulawayo-headquartered United Refineries Limited, has already issued public updates in English, Ndebele, Shona and Kalanga, announcing new ZITF dates and encouraging all stakeholders to prepare for the event.

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Hotels And Lodges Fully Booked Ahead Of ZITF

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Hotels and lodges in Bulawayo are now fully booked ahead of this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) scheduled to run from 20 to 23 July.

The exhibition was last held in 2019. ZITF was suspended in 2020 after the country imposed a lockdown following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March.

This year, the exhibition will run under the theme, “Showcasing the New Normal for Business and Industry: Realities and Opportunities.”

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Byo SMEs geared up for ZITF showcase

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THE Bulawayo Chamber of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) has embarked on capacity-building programmes with members in preparation for the forthcoming Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) scheduled for next month.

The country’s largest global exhibition returns this year after being suspended in 2020 due to Covid-19 lockdown. It will be held at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre in Bulawayo between 20 and 23 July.

Bulawayo Chamber of SMEs co-ordinator, Mr Nketha Mangoye Dlamini, said they were engaging their SMEs clusters to take advantage of the ZITF window.

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ZITF return to restore confidence, tourism recovery

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The return of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) this year is expected to restore tourism recovery and business confidence in Zimbabwe as an investment destination, while impacting positively on the wider economy.  

Industry and commerce players are already seized with preparations for this year’s ZITF, scheduled for July 20 to 23 in Bulawayo, amid prospects for renewed business after the event was suspended last year at the height of Covid-19 lockdown measures. 

Busisa Moyo appointed as the new ZITF board chair

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PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has appointed industrialist and United Refineries Limited chief executive officer, Mr Busisa Moyo, as the new board chairperson for the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Company with effect from March 13, 2020.

He takes over from Ms Ruth Ncube whose term of office ended last December. Industry and Commerce Minister, Dr Sekai Nzenza, announced the appointment of Mr Moyo, in accordance with the Public Entities and Corporate Governance Act.

“The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Honourable Dr Sekai Nzenza (MP) with the concurrence of His Excellency, the President E.D. Mnangagwa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Busisa Moyo as the chairperson of the ZITF Company board in terms of Public Entities and Corporate Governance Act effective 13 March 2020,” said the minister in a statement.

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ZITF 2020 Postponed As Gvt Declares Coronavirus A National Disaster

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THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) says it will be rolling out engagement sessions with exhibitors, buyers and key stakeholders following the postponement of its prime trade showcase due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Tuesday, the Government announced the move to defer the ZITF, which was scheduled for April 21 to 25, as well as this year’s national independence celebrations.  Both were scheduled for Bulawayo next month. The cancellation of national events and public gatherings is part of comprehensive measures adopted by Government to avert the spread of the deadly pandemic into the country. 

“The ZITF company aligns itself with the Government’s bold and decisive steps to protect citizens and visitors. As a tourism partner, ZITF is duty-bound to reciprocally act responsibly and take all responsible steps to promote and maintain safe and healthy conditions at our events and venues,” said ZITF Company in a statement yesterday.

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231 exhibitors confirm ZITF participation

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A TOTAL of 231 direct exhibitors have confirmed participation at this year’s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) with 78 percent of the available space having already been taken up.

The annual event, which is being organised by the ZITF Company, runs from April 21-25 at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre in Bulawayo under the theme, “Augmenting Trade and Investment towards a Shared Economic Vision”. 

The firm’s marketing and public relations manager, Miss Stella Nkomo, last week said preparations for the upcoming trade showcase, which is in its 61st year-running, were on course.

“With just under three months to go to the 2020 edition of the ZITF, preparations are well on course. The marketing and promotion campaign which was officially launched in November last year has gained traction with a total of 231 direct exhibitors having heeded the call to book exhibition space. 

“In terms of space taken, 38 882 square metres of the available 49 631 square metres of exhibition space has been taken up,” she said. 

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ZITF to host Diplomats Forum

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THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Company will this year host an inaugural Diplomats Forum, a move meant to augment Government and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s clarion call to re-engage with the international community and attract investment needed to spark economic growth in the country. 

ZITF Company marketing and public relations manager Ms Stella Nkomo said a Diplomats Forum, which will attract high-level Government officials and numerous foreign diplomats would be held during the course of the exhibition. 

“ZITF will this year host its inaugural Diplomats Forum which aims to promote Zimbabwe bilateral relationships with the international community as part of Vision 2030. 

“The event will see a high-level Zimbabwe Government representation host foreign diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe as well as delegations from their host counties to showcase the breadth and quality of investment opportunities available in the country. Additionally, there is already interest from foreign countries that would like to organise separate bilateral trade and investment fora. More details will be provided once the events are confirmed,” she said.

The annual multi-sectoral trade showcase will be held from 21-25 April at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre in Bulawayo under the theme: “Augmenting Trade & Investment towards a Shared Economic Vision.”

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