Zim trade fair draws SA firms

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THE DE­PART­MENT of Trade and In­dus­try (dti ) said yes­ter­day it would lead a del­e­ga­tion of South African com­pa­nies to the 2017 Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (ZITF), which takes place in the coun­try’s sec­ond-big­gest city, Bu­l­awayo, next week. The six-day trade fair opens on Tues­day. South Africa’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ZITF last year re­sulted in ex­hibitors se­cur­ing 431 trade leads and ex­port sales of R10 mil­lion. Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Rob Davies said the ZITF was one of the largest intra-re­gional trade fairs in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, and it pro­vides the largest trade hub in the re­gion. “The ZITF aims to pro­mote intra-Africa trade, as well as the eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion of the con­ti­nent,” Davies said. Firms that were part of the del­e­ga­tion would be as­sisted by the dti through its ex­port mar­ket­ing and in­vest­ment as­sis­tance scheme, which aims to de­velop ex­port mar­kets for South African prod­ucts and ser­vices, and re­cruit for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment. – ANA

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