ZITF, Sanganai clash
ANNUAL major marketing events, the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) and the Sanganai/Hlanganani dates are set for a near collision, as the former event has been moved to September.
The ZITF was moved from August 23-25 to September 21-24. The dates that are very close to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) organized Sanganai affair whose dates are set for the 16th – 18th the same month, raising fear of unhealthy competition and visitors’ fatigue.
Organisers of the ZITF justified the postponement on the lockdown measures that were announced by the government.
“Following the extension of the national Level 4 lockdown announced by His Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe Cde E.D. Mnangagwa last week, the ZITF company Board & Management wishes to officially advise exhibitors, service providers, registered buyers, business visitors, and other stakeholders of the decision to postpone the 2021 edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair to 21-24 September 2021.
“The decision to postpone the fair was reached with the approval of the Government of Zimbabwe and after consultation with a wide cross-section of stakeholders. With the continued ban on inter-city travel, it has been difficult for out-of-town exhibitors to effectively plan their participation and bring in their exhibits, particularly for those without Bulawayo offices,” said the organisers in a statement.
The organisers, however, saluted their clients for their suppleness and fortitude.
“Consequently, postponing the tradeshow to September provides exhibitors with more time to adequately prepare for their participation without contravening national lockdown regulations. Navigating the business landscape in these turbulent times has required an unprecedented level of agility and resilience across the board.
“We, therefore, wish to take this opportunity to commend our various stakeholders for their continued patience and forbearance in these continually evolving circumstances, whilst simultaneously apologising unreservedly for any inconvenience caused by the postponement.
“In the meantime, we urge all our participants to take advantage of this extended planning horizon and continue to prepare for their participation to ensure that the show is of the same excellent standard, which ZITF has been traditionally known for. Ensuring stakeholder safety at our events and venues remains at the top of our agenda. To that end, we have shared the ZITF 2021 Safety and Risk Management Participant Guidelines that outline the rigorous measures, which will be in effect at the show. We will continue to keep our stakeholders informed of any new developments.
“We, therefore, continue to lend our voices to calls for the public to observe the prescribed health and safety protocols, particularly to mask up (covering nose and mouth), sanitise (observe) physical distance, get vaccinated.”
However, the ZTA said it was not worried a lot as their event is going to be virtual.
“I don’t think it is going to cause confusion as we are holding a virtual event,” said Godfrey Koti the organization’s spokesperson.
(Page9) AfDB’s US$2.5 million grants to enhance regional power regulation
By Edward Mukaro
THE African development Bank (AfDB)’s $2.5 million grants to support the regulatory environment in SADC and COMESA will go a long in assisting marginalised communities to access electrical energy.
AfDB reckons that despite the ripe environment for generation of electrical energy, the SADC region is still facing challenges in lighting up homes of its rural citizenry, a situation that could soon become a thing a past, thanks to the grants, earmarked.
Said AfDB, “Despite SADC having the highest generation capacity of all African regions and ample water, biomass, solar, and wind energy potential, energy access within the bloc, particularly in rural areas, is low.
“This is partly because of an inadequate regulatory environment, a need for new infrastructure and an overreliance on coal and hydropower,” stated the bank, in a statement.
The grants, US$1.500.00 for COMESA and US$1.000.000 for SADC, will be sourced from the African Development Fund, the Bank Group’s concessional financing window. The projects will be implemented through the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA) and the Regional Energy Regulators Association of Southern African (RERA), respectively.
Grants will fund technical assistance to promote the development and adoption of regional electricity regulatory principles, enhance capacity to monitor utility performances across the region, conduct a cross-border analysis of electricity tariffs, and develop a centralized database management system in both blocs.
Mr. Elijah Sichone, Executive Director of RERA, said “these two projects will be implemented through a combination of studies, capacity building and development of tools with the objective to facilitate the harmonisation of regulatory frameworks across SADC and COMESA regions to enhance electricity trade among SADC member states as well as improve access”.
RAERESA chief executive officer, Dr. Mohamedain Seif Elnasr said, “These Projects will contribute to ensuring that soft infrastructure requirements for the development of a regional power market are addressed to complement investments in hard infrastructure that the Bank and other development partners are making in the region.”