By Sifiso Sibanda
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has been impressed by the quality of products at this year’s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), saying it indicates that local business has come of age.
The President’s first port of call was the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), before moving to the hospitality sector in Hall Three that houses the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and Harare Institute of Technology, among other exhibitors.
He then went to the United Refineries who produce a number of household products, including cooking oil.
The company is run by the chairman of the ZITF board, Busisa Moyo.
The president passed through Mureza Auto which is showcasing a local model vehicle where he had a firsthand experience of Zimbabwe’s finest.
The president proceeded to the procurement regulatory authority of Zimbabwe before going to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cannabis industries and Political Actors Dialogue stands.
He also went to the Zanu PF stand where he was met by the party’s Second Secretary Cde Kembo Mohadi and Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga.
The President also toured the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa’s stand where he interacted with boys in the Ixhiba sector.
President Mnangagwa then proceeded to the livestock section and the agriculture stand before moving on to Isuzu motors, and the Office of the President and Cabinet.
Speaking after his tour of stands at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), the President said the local business community has done Zimbabwe proud by focusing more on quality as they increase capacity utilisation which is now at 65 percent.
“I have seen good products on display an indication that our business people are continuously improving and this also confirms that the economy is growing and this is what the second republic is all about we are now producing the bulk of products that we consume and this is commendable,” said President Mnangagwa.
This year’s ZITF comes at a time when the economy is on a growth trajectory while inflation has fallen to 56 percent, an indication that the country will attain an upper-middle-income economy by 2030.