Govt. calls for Trade Fair infrastructure protection
Ndola, June27, 2013, ZANIS – GOVERNMENT says the success of trade fairs depends on proper infrastructure, security and quality of exhibitors.
And government has urged Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) to come up with initiatives on how to safe guard the trade fair infrastructure from acts of vandalism.
Commerce Trade and Industry minister Emmanuel Chenda says assets in the trade fair grounds must be guarded jealously because spending on infrastructure was an expensive undertaking.
ZANIS repots that the minister said this in a speech read on his behalf by Commerce Permanent secretary STEPHEN MWANSA.
This was during the Minister’s welcome reception-cocktail held at Mukuba hotel on Wednesday night in Ndola.
Mr. CHENDA noted that spending on infrastructure was an expensive undertaking adding that it was for this reason that assets in the trade fair grounds must be guarded jealously.
“I am urging ZITF to come up with concrete plans on developing stands on the grounds outside the current perimeter wall as this will help prevent land encroachment which has emerged as a major problem,” he said.
He further said security was a matter of concern to ZITF and exhibitors adding that the ministry was happy with measures taken by ZITF management to safe guard the security of individuals including exhibitors and their property.
He said trade fairs are about exhibitors because it is good for competitiveness and attracted visitors to stands.
“Let us also focus on concrete exhibits as opposed to brochures and other promotional materials. All exhibitors must therefore show case technologies, products, scientific and artistic creations in the most innovative styles,” Mr. CHENDA said.
And speaking earlier, Professional Insurance Corporation Zambia (PICZ) GEOFFREY CHIRWA commended government for the strides it was taking in improving the economy of the country through effective trade in Zambia.
Mr. CHIRWA said PICZ choice to partner with ZITF did not only development of the country but also reflected that trade can be effectively undertaken if it is coupled with quality insurance.