THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) has pushed back the dates of this year’s exhibition by three days without giving any reasons.
According to ZITF general manager Noma Ndlovu, the 56th edition has been moved to April 28-May 2 from the initial set dates of April 21 to 25.
Ndlovu, however, could not immediately disclose the reasons for shifting the dates of the country’s premier trade exhibition.
“ZITF dates have been pushed forward but the chairperson will issue a statement on Thursday (today),” Ndlovu said.
In 2014, ZITF brought the trade showcase forward to April 22 to 26 from initial dates of May 6 to 10.
This year’s edition will be officially opened by newly elected Zambian President Edgar Lungu.
The show exhibition will run under the theme “Simulating Trade: Seizing opportunities to accelerate growth”.
Germany, India, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, Poland and South Africa are some of the countries that have so far confirmed their participation at this year’s show and Ndlovu last month indicated that enquiries had come from other European and Asian countries.
Last year, 19 countries, including the United States, which had not set foot at ZITF for 10 years, and close to 400 firms participated.
China was the biggest exhibitor in 2014 occupying more than 1 000m2 up from 600m2 in 2013, but there were no major companies; just small-to-medium enterprises.