By Tawonga Sesani
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe (ZimTrade) has emphasized the need for Malawi authorities to serious cement export business ventures for economic growth of the two countries.
This is the reason ZimTrade has organized a Solo Exhibition to be held in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe at Umodzi Park on June 23 to 24, 2021.
Under the theme “Zimbabwe-Malawi trade exhibition:kulimbikitsa ubale pa malonda”, the expo will attract over 30 companies from Zimbabwe expected to showcase business ventures to their counterparts.
ZimTrade export promotion officer Alex Mtandi told the news conference on Thursday, June 3, 2021 that that the exhibition is to ultimately increase trade between Malawi and Zimbabwe.
“The exhibition is to diversify Zimbabwean’s exports in the Malawian Market, generate new business deals and leads”, said Mtandi.
He said the exhibition will bring in 30 companies from Zimbabwe which will showcase their products and services and will engage in meetings with potential buyers or business partners.
Mtandi observes that Malawi is experiencing stable growth hence its an opportune time for exporters to engage with the country.
According to him expo’s participants will be drawn from fast moving consumer goods from four sectors of process food, office and home furniture, agriculture inputs and implements, building and construction.
Mtandi said the agency has opted for Malawi because the country’s socio-cultural landscape is relatively similar to that of his country saying Zimbabwean exports are likely to find it easy to adapt to Malawi market.
“Malawi and Zimbabwe are always in trade agreement and the two countries behave in similar manner in business,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Embassy has engaged the relevant Malawi authorities to ensure the smooth running of the exhibition whilst observing the WHO protocol on Covid-19.
The Embassy will continue working around the clock to the ensure a successful exhibition and enhance increased trade between Zimbabwe and Malawi.
ZimTrade is the National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe established in 1991 as a unique joint-venture partnership between the Private Sector and the Government of Zimbabwe.
The agency works closely with privileged partners, Industry Experts and Development Cooperation Partners by providing a comprehensive suite of value-added services.
It also assists Zimbabwean exporters, including first-time exporters and potential exporters, to develop, promote and facilitate export of their goods and services to the world.
ZimTrade shares similar mandate work of the country’s Malawi Investment Trade Centre (MITC).