Maputo, Mozambique, 3 Sept – This year’s Maputo International Fair (Facim) will close on 7 September, a national holiday in Mozambique, two days later than was initially scheduled, officials said in Maputo Thursday.
The decision is intended to compensate exhibitors for potential losses from the closure of the fair on Wednesday and partial closure on Thursday due to incidents in Maputo and Matola following price rises of some staple products.
The fair re-opened on Thursday although many of the pavilions were closed, such as the Export Promotion Institute (Ipex), one of the main organisers of the event, which expects a negative impact on the event’s revenues, although it gave no figures.
The Portugal, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Macau, Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, Indonesia and Swaziland pavilions were all closed.
At the Brazil pavilion, the only one that was open on Thursday, its director Marco Audra said that the lack of people at the fair would not have serious implications, as it would be possible to make up for lost business in the next few days.
At this year’s fair, the 46th, along with Mozambican companies, there are companies from 14 countries and territories, as compared to eight last year, from Portugal, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, Tanzania, Macau, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, Indonesia and Swaziland. (macauhub)