Dar es Salaam. Some exhibitors at the 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) have started closing their pavilions a few days from the closing date.
These include some public institutions and foreign companies.
According to observations made by The Citizen on Wednesday, July 11, some firms including those from Germany, Japan and China started packing since Monday this week.
The Citizen observed that the Judiciary closed its pavilion since Monday, whereby a worker, who requested not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said their early departure was necessitated by other responsibilities they had to attend to, particularly pending court cases in various parts of the country.
Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) principal public relations officer Theresa Chilambo said the official closing date of the exhibitions would be on Friday, July 13.
She said, however, that no organisation, institution or firm was bound to close their pavilions on the official closing date.
“The exhibition will continue until Friday. Tanzanians are welcome to visit the different pavilions,” she said.
Some of pavilions including those owned by the National Identification Authority (Nida), the Vocational Education and Training Authority (Veta), Suma JKT, the Ministry of Natural Resources Tourism and the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) were found to be in full swing as people continued to pop in and out.
Veta public relations manager Sitta Peter said the turnout was positive as they continued to receive a good number of visitors.
“Participants leaving the exhibitions come mostly from the business fraternity and mostly used the trade fair for selling their goods. They are probably closing after having finished their products here, but we will continue providing services to the closing date,” he observed.
Dar es Salaam resident Samson Mboya said it was his first time to visit the Sabasaba Show and commended the government for its decision to extend the exhibition to 16 days.
The 42nd DITF opened on June 28 and will close on July 13. This year’s exhibition was opened by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and attracted over 2,900 local and 500 foreign exhibitors relatively.