The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair is the largest intra-regional trade fair South of the Sahara. An annual exhibition which offers exposure to both trade and public visitors, the multi-sectoral, multi-national expo provides the largest, most convenient trade hub in the region. Its location in Bulawayo, the centre of Southern Africa, is at the crossroads of the regional trade and transportation routes.
Its extensive, 17-hectare permanent exhibition centre offers over 58 000 sq.m of developed exhibition space.
ZITF and the specialised exhibitions hosted annually at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre provide ideal venues at which to meet the deal-makers and the new industrialists first-hand.
2014 Expo Diary
- 6-8 May Three exclusive business days
- 7 May The annual International Business Conference with renowned local and international speakers
- 8 May ZITF Golf Challenge, a high profile, charity golf day
- 9 May ZITF 2013 Official Opening Ceremony
- 9 – 10 May Two days open to the general public
2014 Theme: New Ideas to New Heights
The following product groups are invited:-
- Equipment, expertise for agricultural development
- Machinery and goods for infrastructural development
- Machinery and goods for value-addition in mining, manufacture, tourism
- Machinery and goods for ICT development
- Consultancy services and products for energy and water provision
- Investment in agriculture, tourism, mining, manufacture
Product Categories at ZITF
- Agricultural/ Irrigation Equipment/ Water Engineering/ Ecological Management/ Livestock Management
- Agricultural Produce/ Arboriculture/ Horticulture/ Fisheries
- Arts And Crafts
- Automotive/ Garage Equipment/ Transport : Aviation, Boating, Bicycles, Motorcycles, Rail, Vehicles
- Building/ Construction/ Civil Engineering/ Hardware
- Business Services: Advertising, Banking, Finance, Business Management, Consultancy, Courier Services, Exhibitions /Congresses, Franchising, Industrial Design, Insurance, Investment, Property Management, Securities, Subcontracting/Export Promotion, Investment, Research and Development.
- Clothing/ Textiles/ Haberdashery/ Upholstery/ Production Machinery Equipment
- Children’s Nursery Goods
- Computers/ Informatics/ Office Equipment/ Audio-Visual Equipment/Hi-Tech/ Communication Systems (Media, Networks)
- Consumer Goods/ Gift Items/ Jewellery/ Accessories
- Cosmetics/ Toiletries/ Hairdressing
- Distributors And Wholesalers
- Electrical Engineering/ Electronics
- Food/ Food Processing/ Beverages/ Catering
- Footwear/Leather Goods
- Furniture/Interior Decorating/Wood Products/Household Equipment
- Light And Heavy Engineering/ Tools/Pneumatic Equipment
- Leisure / Tourism / Sport / Outdoor Living
- Energy (Electric, Hydro, Solar, Thermal, Wind): Production, Equipment, Distribution
- Mining /Minerals Processing /Geology
- Public Services (Culture And Conservation, Education and Training, Government, Medical, Health)
- Packaging/ Labelling/ Bottling
- Paper Products /Publishing /Printing / Stationery /Graphic Art (Petro) Chemicals / Pharmaceuticals / Medical, Laboratory And Scientific Products, Instruments & Equipment
- Plastics / Rubber / Glassware/ Porcelain/ Crockery
- Refrigeration /Air-Conditioning /Heating
- Tourism and Hospitality
Exhibit at or visit ZITF in Bulawayo because:
- ZITF is situated in Bulawayo a city run by one of the most efficient local authorities in Southern Africa, which would facilitate investment in the City after a successful participation in ZITF
- Bulawayo is the central hub for rail, road and air services, making both exhibiting, imports and investment easier.
- The City of Bulawayo is situated close to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia which offers excellent and economical export opportunities.
- ZITF benefits from the city’s substantial infrastructure for industry, commerce and services.
- National University of Science and Technology (NUST) offers businesses that are established in Bulawayo excellent Research and Development facilities and a pool of well-trained graduates. ZITF works with NUST to source speakers and skills for its various conferences and workshops.
- While at ZITF participants can take advantage of the proximity of the Matobo Hills with its incredible collection of ancient rock paintings. Also Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park with its exceptional wild life and Khame Ruins to do some spectacular sight-seeing.
- Bulawayo is the central major city in the Trans-Limpopo initiative – an economic corridor which runs from Polokwane In the Limpopo Province of South Africa to Victoria Falls. Many ZITF visitors and exhibitors come from the corridor, offering excellent investment opportunities.
- The future implementation of water projects between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo will encourage the establishment of a variety of businesses, many of which will be looking for partnerships. ZITF has always been a fertile ground to find such links.
- The Export Processing Zone of Bulawayo is constantly developing and is well represented at ZITF, looking for viable outlets and co-operation.
- The population of the City of Bulawayo is rapidly expanding. This population needs services, employment and investment opportunities ( tourism, education, construction, hospitals, manufacturing, finance). What better place than ZITF to showcase what is on offer?
Please contact us for participation costs.
General managers abridged report on ZITF 2013
You can view the GM’s report by clicking here.
We take this opportunity to invite you to participate in ZITF 2014.
We intend to especially focus this coming year on Business Synergies in Zimbabwe.
Other products on show:
- Agriculture; Infrastructure; Implements; Seed, Fertilisers and Pesticides; Irrigation and Water Technology; Consultancy; Livestock Management; Training and Development; Ecological Management.
- Cultural artifacts,
- Export Promotion,
- Finance and Investment,
- Furniture and Interior Décor,
- Research and Development
- Tourism and Hospitality (A’Sambeni)
In conjunction with the highlights mentioned the following product groups will complement the cluster aspect of ZITF 2013:-
- food and beverages
- printing and packaging (PakPrint)
- clothing, textiles and accessories
- footwear and leather
- transport – passenger and freight
- informatics – hardware, software and systems
- agro-industry – equipment and consumables
- health and safety
- office equipment and consumables
Exhibitions Concurrent with ZITF 2013
Held in conjunction with ZITF, these specialised exhibitions are taking place each within a dedicated area inside the main expo:
Now in its 5th year, this travel fair gathers operators and agents under one roof. Benefits from additional exposure to business travellers and the open-to-the-public days.
Printing and packaging industries as a group, and synergising with the exhibitors from other industries.
Exhibitors from all fields related to the learning industry will display and demonstrate the latest developments in their specialised areas, including both products and institutions.
The expo showcases providers of products, services and accessories in the following areas: mini show rooms, building accessories, DIY, architecture, design, interior décor, finance & insurance, energy efficiency, home textiles and wood products.
International Hall One is built on three levels, and offers 5 200m2 of floor area. During ZITF it houses the majority of the international exhibits, plus the electronics and engineering sectors. A business lounge for exhibitors, a restaurant, fast-food outlet and public restrooms are contained in this hall.
A large, open plan hall comprising 1 750 m2 of open floor area, this hall is connected to Hall 2A. It is equipped with an exhibitors business lounge.
With a floor area of 1 680 m2, this hall offers an extensive, open-plan facility with exhibitors business lounge.
Hall 3 with its distinctive curved roof is centrally situated and offers 3 600m2 of open floor area. It normally houses the furniture, interior decor and outdoor living exhibits during ZITF. A comfortable Exhibitors Business lounge is provided as well as public amenities.
The most recently-built exhibition hall, with 5 625m2 of floor area, International Hall Four is the largest single-storey hall, and is able to accommodate even the tallest and heaviest exhibits. Business lounge and public amenities are provided.
This hall is directly accessible from outside the Exhibition Centre.
Recently refurbished and offering 1230m2 floor area, this hall now houses Ultim8 Home.
International Business Conference
Thank you to all who participated in the ZITF 2013 International Business Conference. See you again next year.
Wednesday 23 April
ZITF 2013 IBC SPEAKERS were:
- The Vice President, Honourable Mrs J. T. R. Mujuru (keynote address)
- Prime Minister Mr Morgan Tsvangirai
- Deputy Prime Minister Prof Arthur Mutambara
- Minister of Industry and Commerce, Hon Prof Welshman Ncube
- Indian Ambassador Mr J. K. Tripathi
- World Bank Senior Economist Ms N. Piffareti
- University of Zimbabwe Economist Mr R. Davies
- Group Five Business Development South Africa, Mr G. Heale
- Tel One Managing Director Mrs C. Mtasa
- Group Chief Executive CBZ Holdings Mr J. Mangudya
- Zimbabwe Investment Authority Chairman Mr N. Chanakira
The registration fee is $160 before 23 April and thereafter, $180.
The conference is organised in conjunction with the National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF).
To view the 2012 Conference notes, please click the button. Download
To view the 2013 Conference flyer, please click the button. Download
If you would like to receive more information about the conference, please send us a message below.
The important dates and times for ZITF 2014 are as follows:
DURATION: 6 – 10 May 2014
OPENING TIMES: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
OFFICIAL OPENING: May 9 at 2:00 pm
BUSINESS DAYS: 6 – 8 May 2014
No restriction on the number of passes to each medium will be put PROVIDED THEY ARE USED BY YOUR PERSONNEL IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY.
Media Validation Requirements
ZITF reserves the right to request the following validations before granting accreditation:
Recognised Media or Press Card issued by their employers,
Positive identification of journalistic employment e.g. letter of assignment on official letterhead from the Editor or Bureau Chief.
Freelance journalists may be requested to provide two by line editorial stories.