Multitudes throng DITF at fair apex

08Jul 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Multitudes throng DITF at fair apex

MULTITUDES thronged the Julius Nyerere Grounds yesterday at the apex of the Dar es Salam International Trade Fair (DITF), turning the expansive compound into a sea of people.

Visitors to the 45th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair line up to enter Mwalimu Nyerere grounds at the climax of the grand annual bazaar yesterday – with little evidence of public concern over Covid-19 infections. Photo: Correspondent Miraji Msala

Being a public holiday, revelers used the opportunity to shop and access on the spot services offered by government departments and agencies.

Among pavilions that attracted many people were the National Identification Authority (NIDA) and the Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA).

Equally thronged pavilions include the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development where many went to apply for title deeds. |There was also the artistes’ pavilion, telecom firms’ pavilions, plus clothing manufacturers and distributors.

The Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) said the exhibition will officially be closed bext Tuesday, having featured seven countries and 76 foreign firms in this year’s fair.  

In addition, 302 local firms put up pavilions, namely companies, individual entrepreneurs, public and private institutions, with this year’s slogan being “Industrial Economy for Sustainable Trade,” focusing on the contribution of the industrial sector in increasing job opportunities.

It also extols the production of food crops, minerals, fishing, livestock, forests to spur trade for economic growth, officials said.

The fairgrounds have special ‘streets’ officially prepared to provide opportunities to stakeholders in crop value chains, to advertise their products so as to spur trade and investment.

Other activities taking place at the fair include online business meetings shorthanded as Business to Business (B2B).

The apex of DITF also known as Saba Saba Day takes place annually for the first two weeks of July at the Kilwa Road grounds inaugurated in 1962, a year after independence.

The grounds were placed under the Ministry of Trade and Co-operative Unions and the fair was known as the National Agricultural and Trade Fair (NATF) with the first trade fair held in 1963