By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to officially open the 61st edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) on Thursday next week, the fair will be running for four days from the 21st to the 24th of September 2021.
Addressing a post-cabinet briefing this Tuesday, the Minister on Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa noted that only invited people are expected to attend the official opening ceremony to contain numbers due to Covid-19.
“Given that the fair is being held during Covid-19 times, the nation is advised that an elaborate Covid-19 Risk Management Plan has been produced and circulated to all exhibitors, there will be heightened health and security protocols, modified venue layouts, digital and hybrid meeting platforms and emphasis on numbers management,” said the minister.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is expected to deliver the keynote address at the ZITF International Business Conference scheduled for September 22.
Already, 396 local exhibitors, as well as international exhibitors from 11 countries have confirmed participation.
International exhibitors are from Malawi, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, Indonesia, South Africa, Belarus, Kenya, Mauritius and the DRC.
Minister Mutsvangwa said Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza presented to Cabinet on the state of preparedness for hosting the ZITF, which will run under the theme, “Showcasing the New Normal for Business and Industry: Realities and Opportunities”.
The first three days scheduled as business days and President Mnangagwa “will officially open the Fair on 23 September, 2021, attendance will be strictly by invitation to manage numbers.
The Zim-Diplomats Forum is slated for September 23 and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the function aims at engaging locally-based foreign diplomats on the ongoing measures by Government to facilitate investment. September 24 will be a public day, but unlike other years, no children will be allowed entry.
The third edition of the ZITF Innovators’ Forum will be held on September 21 to 22. Minister Mutsvangwa said the Forum will target innovators drawn from Innovation Hubs of the local universities, and will present students with an opportunity to showcase.