AT least 10 companies will participate at the Source Africa Trade Show to be held in South Africa this month, ZimTrade has said.
BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
These companies have been drawn from different sectors such as clothing, textile and leather to participate at Source Africa Trade, a sourcing event bringing together suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and buyers all under one roof in Africa.
“Zimbabwean companies will have the opportunity to engage with regional and international buyers through organised business to business meetings with the aim of generating orders for export,” ZimTrade said in its latest newsletter.
Products to be showcased include, men’s and women’s clothing, leather products such as handbags and wallets, footwear and fabric.
“South Africa is the largest importer of Zimbabwean clothing products and in addition to promoting our products to the rest of the world the show is a good platform for exhibiting companies to source requisite inputs and accessories for their manufacturing,” ZimTrade acting chief executive officer, Allan Majuru said.
Source Africa Trade promotes African made apparel, textiles and footwear encouraging interaction on a regional and international level.
Other objectives include boosting investment into the region and ensuring sustainable job creation within the sector.
Meanwhile, ZimTrade revealed that 10 more Zimbabwean companies drawn from the mining sector are set to showcase their products at DRC mining week expo starting next week from Wednesday to Friday under the ZimTrade banner.
The expo will be held in Lubumbashi and is expected to open new market opportunities for local products in the Democratic Republic of Congo following a market survey conducted by ZimTrade in October 2016, the body said.
“Zimbabwean companies will be showcasing pinch valves, mining roof support elements, rail track accessories, beaters, and crucibles, among other products,” ZimTrade said.
The DRC mining week is the largest mining and industrial platform in that country and will provide a platform for Zimbabwean companies to showcase their products and conduct business to business meetings with potential buyers the region.
“It is expected that at the end of the expo, Zimbabwean companies would have established business contacts and generated export orders in the DRC,” ZimTrade said.
“The participation by Zimbabwe at the expo is a bold step that aims to further explore the DRC market, which is considered a high risk market.”
ZimTrade, therefore, encouraged local companies to venture into the highly lucrative DRC market.