Over 80,000 people visit Facim, Mozambique’s largest trade fair

3 September 2013

Some 82,000 people visited the 49th edition of the Maputo International Fair (Facim), which ended Sunday, which was a 26 percent rise compared to the 65,000 visitors received by the fair in 2012, the organisers said.

According to the Institute for Export Promotion (Ipex), which is responsible for organising Facim, 10 contracts were signed for exports of Mozambican products, which were announced by provinces.

Nampula will export 20 tons of shrimp per year to South Africa and 100 tons of squid to the United Kingdom, Ihambane will also sell 500 tons of tapioca per year to South Africa and 400 tons of fresh chilli peppers to the UK and Zambézia will export 300 tons of coking coal to South Africa and 300 tons of tea to India.

Companies and organisations from 22 countries and territories exhibited at Facim this year, which was four more than in 2012, and the new countries were Sweden and Japan, of a total of 1,398 national and 650 foreign exhibitors.

Speaking about the fair, the chairman of Ipex, João Macaringue, said that around US$420 million needed to be spent to that the fair in Ricatla, in the Marracuene district, had proper facilities.

“The work we are doing includes small improvements to accommodate our exhibitors whilst we don’t reach our goal,” said Macaringue, according to Mozambican newspaper O País.

The chairman of Ipex also said that once the necessary work is carried out, the facility will have multifunctional areas that can be used for activities other than trade fairs. (macauhub)