By Tafara Chikumira
Exhibitors’ at the three-day National Disability Expo held in Gweru this week have hailed the historic occasion, saying it has afforded them space and opportunities to market their products and engage the country’s highest office.
The three-day 9th edition of the National Disability Expo is historic as it is the first time such an occasion has been graced by a Head of State, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa becoming the first leader of the nation to do so.
President Mnangagwa, who recently launched the National Disability Policy took time to tour various stands with the exhibitors taking turns to highlight the opportunities presented by the historical event.
Paralympic legend Elliot Mujaji said: “This is a rare opportunity. It’s once in a lifetime. Surely to be graced by Number 1. We have been crying via other channels and today we have the answers to our problems. We will forever cherish this chance where we will show him the talent we have in the country and highlight all our grievances.”
“This expo has already opened doors for me. I have since been invited to come and exhibit at the Bulawayo arts gallery which is a huge milestone in my career as an artist,” another exhibitor said.
“The networking at this expo was truly amazing. We have met some luminaries who are sharing their experiences. Business wise, I must say doors have been opened. The attendance by the President has also magnified the expo,” added another.
Representatives of people with disabilities and other stakeholders underscored the need to address issues of inclusivity.
The three-day event which ended this Wednesday drew participants from across the country with the primary focus on forging business synergies.