China Biggest Exhibitor At Trade Show, US, UK Boycott

Brazil will make its maiden appearance at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) while Russia and India had pulled out the last minute, the show’s authorities said on Tuesday.

“China is occupying 500 square metres, representing 35 companies. Chinese participation over the years has usually been from local companies with Chinese interests. This is the largest participation ever from the People’s Republic of China,” said ZITF deputy director, Noma Ndlovu at a press briefing.

“Namibia, Pakistan, South Africa and China are also participating in a very big way. South Africa is occupying 400 square metres.”

ZITF director, Daniel Chigaru, said he was optimistic the US and UK will finally return to the trade show.

Ndlovu said this year’s trade fair will have exhibitors from the European Union including Italy, Poland and Germany. Other foreign nations participating include Botswana, Brazil, Kenya, Indonesia, Iran, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

Ninety-five percent of the available exhibition space had so far been taken but authorities were confident by the end of the week the entire space would have been filled. Thirty-eight percent of booking space had been taken up by first time exhibitors.