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ZAMBIAN President Edgar Lungu will officially open the 56th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

It will be Lungu’s third time to visit Zimbabwe after he flew into the country to consult President Mugabe shortly before and soon after he was elected Zambian leader.

The announcement was made by Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mike Bimha, at a press briefing in Bulawayo on Thursday.

Bimha said government had acceded to the request made by the ZITF company to have the recently elected Zambian leader to officiate at the trade showcase.

“The government has approved the recommendation to invite His Excellency the president of Zambia, the honourable Edgar Chagwa Lungu to be the guest of honour for ZITF 2015.

“You are very much aware that Zambia is really one of our major trading partners and we have quite a lot of historical, cultural ties between these two countries.”

“There is quite a lot happening in Zambia in terms of their economy and we want to promote trade between the two countries which also underlines the emphasis not only at SADC level but at COMESA level as well as at the African Union level that we must boost trade among ourselves,” said Bimha.

The trade showcase will run from April 21 to 25, under the theme, “Stimulating trade… seizing opportunities to accelerate growth.”

Bimha said promoting trade within the continent will see countries being able to add value to their raw products before exporting them to the rest of the world.

The minister said he was satisfied with the preparations for this year’s event with over 80 percent of space having being booked so far.

Last year the company sold a total of 95 percent of space.

He said enquiries from foreign exhibitors continued to come and they expect the remaining space to be taken up in the coming weeks.

Some of the countries expected for the fair include Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malawi, Mozambique, Poland, South Africa and Zambia.

Source : New Zimbabwe