The Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) hopes Malawians were able to make connections and strike good business deals with foreign investors at the just ended Trade Fair.
The International fair started on May 24th and ended on Sunday the 3rd of June.
After 10 days, the MCCCI through its spokesperson Millie Kasunda expresses satisfaction with the fair.
Kasunda believes many SMEs and other big local firms have had opportunities to grow their businesses with other international operators.
“The Trade Fair has provided business linkages for both small scale businesses and big corporates within Malawi and also linkages between local and international businesses. Most of them have shared contacts and there are good prospects that they will do business in future and that’s the whole essence of the fair,” said Kasunda.
Echoing Kasunda’s remarks is Takunda Mushayike who is the Operations Manager for Spotless Zimbabwe.
He suggests there is a chance the company may set up in the country for the production of a variety of their products, including detergents.
“We are registered in Malawi. The next stage for us is to build the market base then do the grounds work of manufacturing and distributing from Malawi,” promised Mushayike.
President Peter Mutharika opened the 30th edition of the fair in Blantyre, which was being held under the theme Industrialization: Basis for Trade Investment.
Out of the 222 pavilions that were at this year’s Trade fair, 13 were occupied by international companies from five countries that included Zimbabwe and Mozambique.