Zambian firms clinch $56,000 deals at Maputo fair


ZAMBIAN companies sealed deals worth US$56,000 at the just ended Maputo International Trade Fair in Mozambique.

Two of the companies, Californian Beverages and Seba Foods, which were sponsored by the Zambia Development Agency, received confirmed orders while others were still waiting for confirmations.

According to ZDA communications and public relations manager, Margaret Chimanse, Californian Beverages managed to seal a confirmed order of US$ 14 000 for assorted non-alcoholic beverages while Seba Foods sealed an order worth US$ 18, 000 to supply soya products.

“Zambian companies that participated at the just ended Maputo International Trade Fair in Mozambique under the auspices of the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) managed to seal deals worth USD 56,000.

“In addition, the two companies recorded UD$26, 000 worth of unconfirmed orders for the supply of assorted soya products and non-alcoholic beverages,” she said.

Ms Chimanse also said two micro, small and medium enterprises – Gramiraj Investments and Melan Cosmetics – recorded US$500 spot sales at the same event.

The 52nd edition of the Maputo International Fair (Facim 2016) opened on Monday, in Ricatla, Marracuene district, Maputo province, with the participation of 33 countries, two of which, Ireland and Belarus, were taking part for the first time.

The fair, according to organisers, was a platform for exchange and cooperation, with a number of activities including exhibitions, seminars, promotional meetings and business matching.

It showcased at least 2,350 Mozambican companies and 630 foreign companies, compared to 2,250 in 2015.