ZITF exhibitors expectant

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Exhibitors at this year’s Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) are optimistic about the prospects of the event and believe this could be a turning point for their businesses.

This year’s exhibition which started on Tuesday in Bulawayo will end on Saturday. It is being held under the theme “Optimising Business Synergies, Now and Beyond”.

Executive director, sales and marketing of South Africa-based Lekoa Mining and Industrial Teboho Pitso said he had been impressed by the first day of exhibition and was looking forward to fruitful business engagements.

“It’s our first time to exhibit in Zimbabwe and so far so good. We are here to explore the vast demand of mining equipment this country has with a view of concluding deals where possible,” said Pitso.

“We have operations in Zambia and Lesotho. It is our hope that we will be able to identify opportunities so that we can partner with locals to get into business.”

G-Tide operations manager, Caroline Jaison Chiremba, said 2011 provides a platform through which technologically advanced products could be consumed.

“2011 presents opportunities in terms of marketing and selling latest technological products. There seems to be better appreciation of technology now than last year,” said Chiremba.

Sportswear firm Hi-Tec Zimbabwe director Stephanie van der Zee said their products had been well received on the market. She said the company hopes to expand its market to Harare after ZITF.

“ZITF offers us a unique platform to market our products. Various customers are impressed with the quality of our products as they are durable,” she said.

Pesticides manufacturing company Ompeck Enterprises sales and marketing officer, Chakanyuka Mutandi said previous exhibitions had brought success to the company hence their continued participation at the event.

He said the company had so far received interest from a couple of companies both locally and in South Africa.

“There is nothing tangible as yet but we hope that as the exhibition continues we will be able to structure some deals,” said Mutandi.

More than 400 local and international exhibitors are believed to have taken part at last year’s exhibition.