ABOUT K8 million has so far been spent on the rehabilitation of the Lusaka Show Grounds infrastructure in readiness for this year’s show, Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show Society (ZACSS) president Ben Shoko has said.
The 90th ZACSS show will run from 27th July to 3rd August under the theme “Managing environment for growth.”
Mr Shoko said at a media briefing in Lusaka that the rehabilitation included a new sewer line, re-development of the main arena and paving of walkways.
He said the ZASCSS this year was expecting a good number of foreign exhibitors with 16 countries having already confirmed their participation, including Egypt, Italy, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Others are China, Pakistan, Brazil, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Malawi.
“The big number of countries participating clearly indicates the important role the show has played in promoting the country’s economic development,” he said.
Mr Shoko said the foreign exhibitors had contributed to the development of Zambia’s economy of which the society was happy to be associated with.
He also said the society expected an increased turnout of local exhibitors, going by the number of confirmations received so far.
“All the sectors of the economy are represented. The show itself is a local product which generates money locally and invests the same money locally,” he said.
Mr Shoko said security at the show grounds would be provided by the Zambia Police Service in conjunction with private security companies hired by the society as well as the society’s own security personnel. He said the show would be officially opened on 30th July, 2016 by Namibian President Hage Geingob while the judging of pavilions would take place on the 27 July.