ZITF date set

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) 2021 edition, will be held in July following a break last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak Business Mail has learnt.

The ZITF is the biggest annual economic conference in the country and, traditionally draws thousands of local and foreign delegates, bringing in wider business benefits mainly to the tourism sector and down the value chain. The prime multi-sectoral exhibition was postponed indefinitely following a Cabinet decision last year.

Busisa Moyo the chairman of the ZITF Company Board. said the ZITF will be held from 20 to 23 July.

“The ZITF company board and management wishes to advise all stakeholders his excellency president of the republic of Zimbabwe President. D Mnangagwa has approved the hosting of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair from the 20th to the 23rd of July 2021.

“We are grateful to our current ministry of industry and commerce for working tirelessly in this regard. The ZITF company wishes to officially inform its various stakeholders of the new dates as we start the preparations for this multisectoral event,” he said.

Moyo said stakeholders can expect to see new features which include height and safety protocols, modified venue layouts as safety measures from the virus.

“Over the course of the next few days and weeks our teams will be in touch with exhibitors, buyers and other key stakeholders with information on the show’s operational guidelines. However, stakeholders can expect to see new features which include height and safety protocols, modified venue layouts.

“More digital high breed meeting platforms and the emphasis on number’s management or the management of numbers with the planned voluntary mass vaccination for the Bulawayo province. We also hope that sufficiently the high numbers will have been vaccinated by the 20th of July to achieve some level of herd of immunity for the show,” he said.

He added: “We wish to take this opportunity to commend our exhibitors service providers and various stakeholders for their forbearance understanding in these un presented times our industry has been heavily disrupted by the pandemic Covid- 19 and it is the support of our industry partners and such as exhibitors and service providers that will emerge resilient and offer our events as primary agents for post pandemic economic recovery and renewal. ”

Last year’s event which was penciled in for 21 to 25 April under the theme: “Augmenting Trade and Investment towards a Shared Economic Vision” and cancelled negatively impacted on the company’s revenue and tourism income for Bulawayo.

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