Around 2,000 Mozambican and foreign exhibitors have confirmed their presence at the 49th edition of the Maputo International Fair (Facim), due to be held in Marracuene, some 30 kilometres from the Mozambican capital, Maputo, said the chairman of the Export Promotion Institute (Ipex).
João Macaringue, cited by daily newspaper Mediafax, also said that by Wednesday a total of 1,878 exhibitors had expressed an interest in taking part in the event from 26 August to 1 September. Of the total 1,398 are Mozambican and 480 are foreign.
The foreign exhibitors are from 20 countries and regions, as compared to 19 last year: South Africa, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Macau, Malawi, Poland, Portugal, Kenya, Swaziland, Sweden, Thailand, Tanzania, Turkey and Zambia.
Of these, Japan and Sweden, Italy and Poland took part for the first time in what is Mozambique’s main fair.
Macaringue noted that the increase in the number of countries and companies intending to take part in the fair required Ipex to consider expanding the exhibition area and modernising existing stands.
In the period that the fair is held there will be special buses laid on between Ricatla and other neighbourhoods in order to transport people intending to visit the fair. (macauhub)