Michael Makuza, columnist
LOCAL and overseas exhibitors at the just-concluded 25th Mining, Engineering and Transport (Mine Entra) show in Bulawayo yesterday said they were optimistic about the business opportunities generated at the expo as it provided them with exposed to quality networks and partnership synergies.
President Mnangagwa officially opened the three-day specialized trade exhibition on Thursday under the theme: “Explore. Extract. Develop — Towards Sustainable Mining Value Chains”.
The exhibition, which ended yesterday, attracted more than 160 exhibitors from the mining, engineering, transportation and construction sub-sectors.
It has provided stakeholders with a platform to engage in productive discussions for creating an enabling environment for the growth and development of the mining industry, in particular.
In separate interviews, exhibitors expressed optimism that the contacts made and extensive follow-ups will help them grow their businesses and further contribute to the government’s $12 billion mining target by 2023. .
Digital Marketing Specialist at Terraquip Agricultural Services, Ms. Rutendo Dumba, said she interacted with several high-profile potential clients.
“We had many potential customers who passed by our booth and we hope that with follow-ups they will buy our products.
This is our small contribution to the mining sector,” she said.
Castic’s Sales Manager, Mr. David Dickens, said at this year’s edition that they had interacted with quality leads compared to previous editions.
“Compared to previous editions, we are satisfied with the people who have passed by our stand.
We achieved our goals by participating in the exhibition,” said Mr Dickens, whose company supplies protective clothing to mines.
The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) education and publicity manager, Ms Amkela Sidange, said the agency was working closely with miners to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment. environment during mining activities.
She said that by continuously engaging the mining sector, it shows their strong commitment to playing their part in achieving the $12 billion goal.
“As an agency, we are very supportive of the US$12 billion goal.
We are not at loggerheads with miners, but we want to build a mining sector that incorporates best practices so that we have a situation where mining is done in a way that does not harm the environment” , she said.
“We want to ensure that mining activities continue in the future.
Mining contributes enormously to the gross domestic product, therefore, it is a game-changer, but at the same time, it should also contribute to the protection of the environment”.
Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando, who also toured the stands, said he was pleased with the quality of the small miners’ exhibits.
He said he was impressed with the high turnout from locals, in particular.
“The exhibition was an exceptional success.
What was pleasing was the number of participants from the small-scale sector and future service providers who are Zimbabweans.
“There are a lot of Zimbabweans who are in the space of exploration, supply of equipment, processing and security and that was very impressive,” the minister said.
More than 160 direct participants from the local sector and other countries such as China, South Africa and the United Kingdom took part.