Malawi Trade Fair still limbo as exhibitors fail to confirm attendance

Malawi Confederation of Chambers and Industry (MCCI) is casting doubt on whether the Trade Fair would be held in August because of the prevailing political atmosphere.

MCCCI head of communication Millie Kasunda

The Trade Fair was postponed in June because of the anti-Jane Ansah spate of protests and wave of post-election violence.

MCCCI head of communication Millie Kasunda said international exhibitors who withdrew in June are yet to confirm their attendance.

Kasunda said countries such as United Arab Emirates, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, China and Pakistan who initially confirmed their attendance for the June Trade Fair are yet to confirm their participation in August.

“These countries showed their interest to participate in the Trade Fair. We expect them to confirm their attendance,” said Kasunda.

Former president Bakili Muluzi has taken up the initiative to end the protests and violence by engaging the organisers, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) into dialogue.

He is expected to meet president Peter Mutharika this week to impress upon him fire the Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson Jane Ansah who is the centre of the protests.

HRDC officials, who met Muluzi on Tuesday, insisted the former president talks to Ansah directly to ask him step down.

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Mandado@147
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Since Muluzi with amid of corruption and retrogressive development I dont see these trade fairs really benefiting us. Change policies first then do massive trade fairs like china does and open economic free trade zones in some parts of the country. Not these fake ass trade fair ive been going since I was young but never grow or put on on economic giant hub in East southern africa.

nompumelelo khuzwayo
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how can they confirm their attendance when they know that nyasalande has no government in place??? they will confirm whenever a legitimate government has been installed!!!!!

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

adzatani kuno ntope oseu