Speaking to Radio VOP after a press conference on Tuesday, ZITF chairperson, Bekithemba Nkomo said that preparations for 2012 trade expo were progressing extremely well compared to the last exhibition.
“Halls 1, 2, 2A and 4 are over 90 percent full, therefore large exhibits in these halls can no longer be accommodated. Hall 5 is 60 percent while hall 3 is 70 percent full,” said Nkomo.
He added that the total area booked is occupied by 330 direct exhibitors, 14 of which are foreign and firm confirmations are expected from Kenya and Brazil.
“The overall stand booking situation is impressive. ZITF 2012 sales compare favourably with past editions. Foreign participation, either as a national exhibitor or as an individual participation are Pakistan, Botswana, china, Iran, Poland, the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, the Southern Africa German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Zambia,” said Nkomo.
ZITF 2012 is running under the theme, “Investing locally, reaping globally”, and is set to raise the bar in terms of profile, sector representation and quality of exhibits on display, as the exhibition consolidates its position as the leading multi-sectoral trade fair in the region.
Business days have been increased to three from 24-26 April and the International Business Conference, organised in conjunction with the National Economic consultative Forum (NECF), takes place on the 25 April under theme “Investing locally, Building Local Capacity and Reaping Dividends Globally: Turning a Rich Resource-Base into an Industrial Hub.”
“Honourable Mujuru is expected to officially open the business conference. International speakers at the conference include Dr. Mthuli Ncube, Vice President of Africa Development Bank and Carlos Lima, Director of International and Institutional Affairs, Afro-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.
ZITF 2012, and its concurrent exhibitors, A’ Sambeni Tourism and Travel Expo, Pakprint, Scholastica and Ultim8 Home, is set to offer a prime networking and synergy development platform necessary for accelerating economic growth and stability.