By Bulawayo Correspondent
THE 60th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) kicked off in Bulawayo on Tuesday, with Belarus making its maiden participation while the United States of America (USA) is also exhibiting after a three year hiatus.
Belarus‘s participation at the trade fair follows President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent visit to the East European enclave.
Companies from Belarus are showcasing a wide-range of machinery and medical products.
The machinery includes tractors, mining dump trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.
Senior specialist of foreign exhibitors chamber of commerce and industry, Slava Shevchuk said the products and services are being showcased by the country’s four flagship companies which are Belaz, Minsk, Tractor works, SOHRA Overseas FZE and CHEFI.
An official at the USA stand said the American government, is mainly promoting health through the exhibition of some of the programme that are being funded under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“We are showcasing PEPFAR related products. We are in partnership with Population Services International (PSI) who are conscientising the public about the benefits of circumcision,” said the official who refused to be named since she is not authorised to speak to the press.
Charge de affaires at the Ethiopian embassy, Golija Siba Korra said his country is exhibiting leather, aviation and tourism products at annually trade showcase which is running under the theme “Propagating Industrial Growth through Trade and Investment”.
“As you know, our aviation industry is growing and we also have a thriving leather industry, so we are looking at ways in which we can cooperate with the Zimbabwean government and industry,” said Korra.
A total of 435 exhibitors are participating at this year’s ZITF which will run from 23rd up to 27th of this month.
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will officially open the trade fair on Friday.