More than 650 firms will showcase their products and services during the 40th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair with at least 30 of these firms being foreign based. Rwandan president Paul Kagame will be the guest of honour during the official opening on July 1.
Briefing reporters about progress of the preparations of the famous exhibitions set to open next Tuesday, Tanzania Trade Development Authority (Tantrade) acting managing director Edwin Rutageruka said all was good so far.
Earlier Mr Rutegaruka launched a special training seminar to exhibitors aimed at equipping them with various procedures during the exhibition.
Mr Rutageruka said this year’s exhibition is aimed at creating sustainable trade for the exhibitors and so it will provide continuous free training and forums that would link small and big businesses. “The exhibitors are putting on structures right now we hope by June 26th they will be done,” he said.
The Tantrade boss said the number of exhibitors is set to go up including those from public institutions, which would take the advantage of the fair to compensate the public service week whose activities have been postponed for this year. He added that as of yesterday, 98 per cent of the exhibition space had been booked.
He urged local exhibitors to use the 10 days as an opportunity to create long lasting trade networks with other businesses as well as with clients.
“They should not focus on just the buyers but they must make sure they create positive relations with other exhibitors to learn and challenge themselves on hitting a higher target,” he said. For her part, Tantrade Business Promotion director Anna Bulondo said the entrance charges remained Sh1,000 for children, Sh3,000 for adults from June 28 to July 6 and Sh4,000 on the climax day, July 7, the same as last year.