Mr Hachipuka told ZANIS in an interview today that a trade fair is about a country show casing what it can produce and that this year’s trade fair will have more products and foods and less of literature.
“We have built solid buildings around the trade fair and the board and management have been working hard day and night to see to it that we have an exciting and life changing trade fair that people who will attend the show will appreciate. A trade fair is about showcasing the capacity of a country what it is able to produce,” he said.
Mr Hachipuka said 15 foreign countries have confirmed participation and 257 local exhibitors excluding vendors are going to take part in the show.
He said daily tickets will be sold at KR15 while school tickets will be sold at KR10.
“The show is starting on Wednesday and these are business days, the official opening is on Saturday. This trade fair will be different because Zambia is going to show the rest of the world its products,” he said.
Mr Hachipuka said exhibitors should pay for their stands early as well as commence working on them.
He said the trade fair management needed to work together with exhibitor to avoid the culture of last minute preparations.
“Next year we will be very strict with this and we will also require a 50 per cent down payment on participation fees. We have had incidences where companies book space and they pull out at last minute. This is not acceptable,” he said.