Agriculture in demand at the expo

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The herald

Zvamaida Murwira Grand reporter

Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector is in demand at the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai as many companies are eager to invest in the region given the emphasis on organic and natural products.

That’s what Minister of Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said at the 39th Cabinet Briefing in Harare this week.

She said the Cabinet had received a report on the exhibit presented by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Frederick Shava.

“The nation is informed that the agricultural sector has received the second largest demand for information as most companies wish to invest in agriculture in Zimbabwe due to the emphasis on organic and natural products. The Cabinet would like to encourage the private sector to participate in this fair.

“The calendar of events up to March 31, 2022 can be obtained from the Expo 2020 Dubai website at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade,” Minister Mutsvangwa said.

Minister Mutsvangwa said construction of the Zimbabwe Pavilion, modeled on the Great Zimbabwe monument, was completed on time, allowing it to open to the public on the official opening day, September 30.

Minister Mutsvangwa said the exhibit was punctuated with artifacts, which included traditional musical instruments, the Big Five Beaded Animals, a photo gallery, sculptures, traditional items, jewelry, seed exhibits and a projection of digital content from various economic sectors and opportunities.

“The Zimbabwe pavilion received a total of 55,500 visitors during the month of October and this is attributed to its strategic location, close to the United Arab Emirates pavilion,” she said. The custom-made Zimbabwe flag passport stamp is also a big plus.

Minister Mutsvangwa said Cabinet had received an update on Zimbabwe’s preparation to host the International Conference of African Cultures, which was presented by Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Kirsty Coventry.

Cabinet was informed that the conference, scheduled to be held November 23-25, was at an advanced stage.

The conference will take place in a hybrid format, that is, with both physical and virtual participation of 34 delegates from Zimbabwe and the African continent.

The conference will be broadcast live on social media platforms.

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