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MITF opening day shifted to May 17

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The opening of this year’s Malawi International Trade Fair (MITF) has been rescheduled to May 17 from May 20 to accommodate President Peter Mutharika who is expected to officially open the trade exhibition.

The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) has confirmed receiving communication from State House that the President would be available on May, three days before the date the Chamber planned for the official opening of this year’s MITF.

MCCCI Chief Operating Officer Chimwemwe Luhanga says exhibitors have been told to speed up preparations to meet the new deadline.

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“We had a meeting with the exhibitors on Tuesday and briefed them on the development. But the closing date remains unchanged,” he said.

At least 155 companies have since confirmed their participation to the fair while six foreign countries are also expected to be represented.

Luhanga said this year’s fair will focus on promoting Malawian products in line with the Buy Malawi Strategy.

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“Lack of innovation has hindered the promotion of local products in the past resulting in the country’s failure to promote them. Poor quality and packaging of the products also defeats efforts to promote the products,” said Luhanga.

The fair offers a platform for local businesses to exchange ideas and market their products and services to the wider international market.

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