Malawi is from today hosting 30 Zimbabwean companies in a four-day solo trade exhibition in Lilongwe aimed at strengthening trade ties between the two countries.
National Trade Development and Promotion Organisation of the Republic of Zimbabwe (ZimTrade), a trade and investment arm of the Zimbabwean Government, has organised the ZimTrade solo exhibition to woo investments five years after holding a similar event in Blantyre.
ZimTrade export promotion officer Alex Mtandi said in an interview last week that the exhibition seeks to explore business partnerships.
He said: “We did a market survey in Malawi in 2019 and identified the areas of focus for the 30 companies that are coming to showcase their products.
“We are working to mobilise Malawian business players to appreciate the products and strike possible business partnerships.”
The exhibition has drawn participating companies engaged in the manufacturing of irrigation equipment, home and office furniture, mining equipment and agro-processing, among others.
He said when Covid-19 hit the African economies, exhibitions were being held online but now with the easing of the pandemic restrictions, countries are opening up for business.
Ministry of Trade spokesperson Mayeso Msokera in a written response on Wednesday said the ZimTrade Exhibition is an opportunity for Malawian companies to explore trading opportunities with their Zimbabwean counterparts.