Twenty-eight countries have signed up to take part in this year’s Maputo International Fair (Facim) but to date only 22 have confirmed their presence, said the president of the Mozambican Institute for Export Promotion (Ipex).
João Macaringue, who spoke on the sidelines of the opening of the Agro-Livestock and Fisheries Fair, said that domestic companies had come in droves in recent days, after the entries were opened in February.
The President of Ipex, cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, said that the government of Mozambique planned to borrow from foreign institutions, but without state guarantees, to build permanent premises for Facim from scratch in Ricatla, in Marracuene district.
“We want to use the current space as an asset to negotiate financing,” Macaringue said, adding that construction of a permanent building was no longer a government priority because of the floods that devastated the centre and north of the country.
The second edition of the Agro-Livestock and Fisheries Fair with the participation of 57 exhibitors from the agriculture, livestock and fishing sectors, organised by the Ministries of Industry and Trade, through the Institute for the Promotion of Exhibitions, of Agriculture and Food Security and the Sea, and Inland Fisheries. (macauhub/MZ)