Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) plans to hold the first ever Lilongwe Trade Fair at Gateway Mall, with 52 local and international firms confirming their participation so far.
To be held between July 22 and 24 2016 under the theme Enhancing Value Addition Through Innovation, the fair has attracted international exhibitors from Tanzania and Kenya.
This is an initiative of MCCCI to take trade fairs to the country’s administrative regions.
Speaking on the sidelines of a news conference on Wednesday in Lilongwe, MCCCI chief operations officer Chimwemwe Luhanga said they organised the fair because of the demand from their members in the Central Region and other businesses.
He said: “The main objective of this fair is to provide a platform for local and international exhibitors to showcase their products and network with patrons and other participants in Lilongwe.
Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (Mitc) public relations manager Deliby Chimbalu, in a separate interview, commended MCCCI for the initiative, saying fairs are a good platform for growing companies through exhibition of products.
“As Mitc, we are happy with the initiative and we want to encourage others who can have such fairs to do the same. As Mitc, during our forthcoming investment forum we are also encouraging local companies to partner with international