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Mine Entra 2016: Only China, SA to exhibit
15/07/2016 00:00:00
by Bulawayo correspondent
 
Key note speaker ... Transport minister, Joram Gumbo
 
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ONLY two foreign countries have so far confirmed participation at this year`s Mining, Engineering and Transport Expo (Mine Entra).

The expo will be held at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre in Bulawayo from July 20 to 22 under the theme, "Unearthing Opportunities".

Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Chairman of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company, Bekithemba Nkomo, said only South Africa and China will have representation at the expo. 

"Of the 117 exhibitors registered so far, 4 are foreign exhibitors coming from the People’s Republic of China (2) and South Africa (2).

"In terms of local participation, 60 percent of the exhibitors are Harare-based, 35 percent come from Bulawayo while the remaining 5 percent come from other cities within the country," said Nkomo.

Indications are that there might be a drop in the number of direct exhibitors this year, with 148 direct exhibitors having participated last year. 

The event is taking place at a time when the mining sector is faced with a glut of challenges. But Nkomo said this year’s show will offer a platform for engagement and solution mapping.

"The theme is particularly appropriate given the tumultuous situation we currently find ourselves in where the mining sector faces challenges that include high production costs, reduced earnings, absence of long term finance and depressed opportunities for growth," Nkomo said. 

Some of the conferences that will take place during the expo include the Inaugural Infrastructure Development Conference which will attract stakeholders from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Joram Gumbo, will be the key note speaker. 

The Mine Entra 2016 Conference, which will be officially opened by Mines Minister, Walter Chidhakwa, will focus on the current cash crisis, the recently introduced monetary policy initiatives and their implications on the mining industry. 

Another highlight of the expo will be the Zimbabwe Miner’s Federation Conference, a targeted platform for small scale miners to engage with their policy makers, supplies and service providers. 



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