Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) says it will encourage its members and the local private sector to participate in this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair.
This follows an invitation from the Zambian government beckoning Malawi to participate at the fair, themed ‘Value Addition Through Global Partnerships’ due in Ndola, Copperbelt Province from 26th June, 2013 to 2nd July, 2013.
The Fair is open to manufacturers, agents, merchants, representatives, service organizations, financial institutions, transporters, caterers and government sectors.
In reaction, MCCCI CEO Chancellor Kaferapanjira said the fair would be a very good platform for local manufacturers to again widen their trade base beyond borders while in the long run earning forex from exports.
“It is encouraging that as country we have been invited to showcase our products and services in Zambia and as a private sector we will use this opportunity to get more business so that we continue to support local economic growth through exports,” said Kaferapanjira.
He said there is need for local companies to entice more international business demand for Malawi’s products and services so that more jobs are created in the medium to long terms.
“Our companies have to be very creative by using such fairs to rope in numerous clients and customers so that we strike lucrative deals that will on the larger picture sustain our economy,” said Kaferapanjira.
In the invitation, Lusaka said the trade fair is an industrial, commercial and agricultural exhibition which has over the years continued to contribute to the consolidation of the economic and cooperation ties with the Southern African region and the rest of the world.
“It is a great platform that Zambian and Malawian exhibitors can use to showcase their products and services, create partnerships and linkages with other business entities in the Southern African region
“As Africa and particularly the Southern African bloc aspires for greater regional integration, there is need to take advantage of such platforms to market the various services and products that our countries have to offer,” the statement said.