South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe is leading a group of 47 South African companies to the 54th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo from Tuesday to Saturday.
Thabethe’s spokesman Sidwell Medupe said the ZITF was a multi-sectoral, multi-national expo which is widely recognised as the largest intra-regional trade fair south of the Sahara.
This year’s exhibition is being held under the theme “Building value, Enhancing growth”.
Thabethe is due to address the Zimbabwe Water Resources and Infrastructure Investment Summit in the country’s second city.
Policy-makers, regulators, water service providers, financiers and water resource managers, among others, are expected to attend the summit which is aimed at identifying priorities and mechanisms for more effective water resource integration in Zimbabwe.
Thabethe is also due to visit the Mayor of Bulawayo, Councillor Thaba Moyo, and Governor Cain Mathema.
The companies that are exhibiting at the fair have been assisted by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA), as part of efforts to develop export markets for South African products and services and to attract new foreign direct investment into the country.