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Preparations for this year’s edition of the Mining, Engineering and Transport (Mine Entra) expo have reached advanced stage, with 115 exhibitors having so far confirmed participation.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be the guest of honour at the expo, which is scheduled to run from July 20 to July 22,2022 under the theme “Explore. Extract. Expand: Towards Sustainable Mining Value Chains”.
“To date, 115 exhibitors have confirmed participation by taking up 3,340 square metres of exhibition space, representing just over 66% of capacity,” the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company CEO, Nicholas Ndebele said.
He said the number includes four exhibitors from China, South Africa and the United Kingdom who will be exhibiting mining and earth-moving equipment, machinery and spares, as well as automation and filtration equipment for mining in the fourth industrial revolution.
“Enquiries and bookings continue to come on a daily basis and we are confident that Mine Entra 2022 will be a well-represented show, reflecting the pivotal role that the extractive sector plays in Zimbabwe’s economic fortunes.”
He said the company visited selected foreign diplomats with thriving mining economies.
Embassies visited include Australia, Botswana, Canada, DRC, India, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey and Zambia.
“More are yet to be visited in the coming weeks. In addition, invitations to the greater international communities have been sent via mailing to all Zimbabwean diplomatic missions abroad as well as all foreign missions based in Zimbabwe,” Ndebele said.
Zimbabwe holds the world’s biggest platinum reserves after South Africa and also has chrome, gold, iron ore, coal and diamonds.
Zimbabwe has come up with a mining industry roadmap whose target is to grow the sector to a US$12bn industry by 2023 with the gold sector expected to generate US$4bn, platinum US$3bn and chrome, iron, steel, diamond and coal contributing US$1bn.
Lithium is expected to contribute US$500m while other minerals will contribute US$1.5bn.