ZITF to continue strengthening domestic value chains

By Davison Vandira

ECONOMIC analysts are optimistic the 62nd edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair which kicks off in Bulawayo next week will be a good measure of the progress achieved in implementing the National Development Strategy One.

The country’s economic transformation and the re-industrialisation agenda is premised on efficient and effective participation of the private sector, hence the trade fair in Bulawayo will be a key economic barometer to the country’s socio-economic position.

It is against this context that economic analysts are looking forward to an exhibition that brings to the fore the obtaining configuration of the economy.

“The expansion of the country’s investment climate through friendly policies should culminate in real economic activity, hence it is at forums like these that Zimbabwe advance its economic agenda to the world, said ZNCC CEO Mr Christopher Mugaga.

“As the country’s private sector we are focused on the urgent need of increasing economic output and as such we are taking the ZITF seriously as a platform where we will tie deals, as the world will converge in Bulawayo and we need to continue strengthening our local value chains for the betterment of Zimbabwe,” added an Investment Analyst Mr Kudakwashe Mugova.

The economic impact of trade expos worldwide is well documented with respect to influencing investment and development and Zimbabwe is not an exception, with a lot expected from the forthcoming trade extravaganza.