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Tanzania: 39th Dar Fair to Attract Over 3,000 ExhibitorsWednesday, February 11, 2015 > 10:41:59
OVER 3,000 local and foreign exhibitors are expected to participate in the 39th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) this year, the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TANTRADE) has said.
TANTRADE Director General, Ms Jacqueline Maleko, told the 'Daily News' in an interview in Dar es Salaam that to date almost 85 per cent of pavilions for foreign participants are occupied with large number of inquiries being received.
"We estimate to have more than 2,400 local and 600 foreign exhibitors this year, up from 2,160 local and 500 foreigners who participated last year," she said, adding that the number of countries is also expected to rise to 40 from 25 that took part in the trade fair.
She said TANTRADE is planning to modernise the fair's environment in order to accommodate the increased number of participants.
To pursue it, the authority has made slight increment of the exhibitors' participation fees to execute the programme.
She said despite the hike of participation fees, the rates charged at the DITF are still the lowest compared to other trade fairs organised locally and internationally. For example, there will be installation of modern closedcircuit television (CCTV) cameras to increase security surveillance at the fair grounds.
Also, an efficient electronic system will be installed to ease the access of visitors at the gates, thus removing unnecessary inconveniences.
"A number of changes will be noticed in the 2015 DITF in a bid to modernise and make efficient the trade fair's environment," she said.
She said exhibitors who fail to put the structures of the pavilions timely will be reallocated, as the spot inspection to choose the best exhibitor is expected to start from the opening day.
Ms Maleko urged various youth groups to visit the DITF to learn and explore various business opportunities that could inspire their future.
As it was in the previous years, local participants will in the upcoming trade fair be given priority to promote their products, an opportunity aimed at opening new windows and widening the market base for the domestic manufactured goods.
DITF has established itself over years as the shop window for Tanzania products as well as the East, Central and the Southern African Region.