By Thomas Chidamba
All roads lead to the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo for the 24th edition of country’s premier mining, engineering and transport showcase, Mine Entra, which will take place next week.
The three day extravaganza will be held from Wednesday 17 July to Friday 19 July.
This year’s theme is: “Resourcing the Future: Exploring and Leveraging Mining Potential.”
More than 200 local and foreign exhibitors have confirmed their participation at this year’s show.
The fair will be officially opened by the Minister of Mines and Mining Development Honourable Winston Chitando.
Organisers of the fair, ZITF Company, in a statement said that the exhibition is a platform to discuss ways of harnessing the county’s mining potential to benefit all Zimbabweans.
“The focus of the show will be on facilitating discussions on harnessing the country’s mining potential, identifying and kick-starting the catalytic actions necessary for progress on sustainable exploration, mining, processing, marketing and management of mineral resources for the benefit of all Zimbabweans.
“Our expectation is that this year’s show will be characterised by 3-days of high-level engagement, profitable networking and on-site deal-flow.
“The Mine Entra event diary will feature different knowledge-sharing platforms that seek to add further impetus to the national drive to make mining a catalyst for inclusive economic growth, now and into the future,” read part of the statement.
The fair will kickoff with the Women in Mining Conference and Young Professionals Forum to be held on Wednesday.
ZITF Company said that: “The two conferences will highlight the available opportunities for women and youth throughout the mining value chain thereby enabling each group to achieve their full potential and contribute positively to Zimbabwe’s sustainable economic development.”
Government’s policy initiatives for crafting an enabling environment for mining sector growth will be on the spotlight during the main Mine Entra conference to be held on Thursday.
Minister Chitando will deliver the key note address.
The Mine Entra Inter-ministerial Roundtable will bring together ministries such as Transport and Infrastructure Development, Industry and Commerce, Energy and Power Development as well as Finance and Economic Development.
On Friday the Zimbabwe Miners’ Federation (ZMF) will host a networking Conference which targets small scale miners to engage with their policy makers, suppliers and service providers to discuss specific challenges and opportunities within their sector.
ZITF Company said: “the ZMF conference will focus on enhancing the ease of doing business for the sector.”
On the same day, a Charity Golf Challenge will be hosted by Bulawayo Golf Club, to offer
participants an opportunity to make valuable contacts in a relaxed setting.
ZITF Company said this year’s event is a must for mining enthusiasts as an avalanche of mining products will be on display.
“This year’s exhibition will feature an interesting and varied product mix appealing to both large and small-scale mining operations.
“Some of the other products on display include detection and lifting equipment, chemicals and explosives, compressors, protective clothing and equipment, seals, bearings and gears, drones, as well as medical aid, insurance and security services,” ZITF Company said in a statement.
Foreign exhibitors that have confirmed their participation at this year’s event are from China, South Korea, South Africa, Kenya and Zambia.