AGRICULTURAL and Commercial Show Society president Caroline Silwamba says a total of 1,123 exhibitors have confirmed participation this year.
Briefing the press in Lusaka yesterday, Silwamba said the Agricultural and Commercial Show was Zambia’s most prestigious show that had a renowned networking custom for many members of the community and countries across the globe.
“Our preliminary statistics for this year’s show are that there is a positive response in the number of exhibitors who have confirmed participation. Whilst the numbers are still increasing, we have recorded a total of 1,123 exhibitors categorised as follows: 1,000 local exhibitors, 123 international exhibitors coming from over 20 foreign countries,” she said. “The gates of the showgrounds have opened to signify business interactions among individuals, SMEs, corporations, state owned enterprises and many others. This press briefing therefore marks the pre-show set ups for our exhibitors, show goers and stakeholders. The 92nd Agricultural and Commercial Show will be held from August 1-6, 2018 under the theme ‘Sustainable Economic Empowerment’. The gates will be opened from 06:00 hours to 17:00 hours and the gate entry tickets/badges fees will be as follows: Single entry ticket K30.00, exhibitor badge K170.00, adult show member badge K130.00, and junior show member badge K60.00.”
Silwamba said the show provided a unique and seasonal trading market place that attracted various economic players and several countries from around the world.
“It also provides an exhibition platform for showcasing product innovation, exchanging of ideas, and engagement with policy makers during a week-long networking. As per tradition, during our famous show the first three days are trade days. The purpose of these trade days is for professionals to engage in conversations with likeminded individuals, firms or corporations in their fields. The show will focus on strategic achievements among exhibitors with the aim of promoting trade, investment, and value addition to various products and services,” Silwamba said.
“The magnitude of this event acts as a good catalyst for stimulating economic growth and strengthening mutual cooperation between countries. For this reason, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the President of the Republic of Zambia and patron of the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia for accepting to officially open the show on Saturday August 4, 2018. All exhibitors are encouraged to enter into various categories and stand the chance of winning prizes. There are 28 categories under commercial sector and 10 categories under agriculture and livestock sectors this year.”
Silwamba said this year’s show would also see the participation of 10 schools, with each province being represented.
“To supplement this, the show invites all schools to the show who will enter the show grounds at a subsidised fee of 50 per cent less the normal entry fee per ticket per pupil as long as they are in their school groups and accompanied by a teacher. This will apply during the trade days only. The society yet again has received overwhelming response from cooperating partners who have offered technical and financial resources including sponsorship. Reflecting on the need for our esteemed exhibitors to integrate and network, the show in conjunction with other cooperating partners will have seminar sessions which contain key topics in sector industries,” Silwamba said.
“In addition, this year for the first time in the history of the show, the society has arranged to host a ‘Youth Seminar or Symposium’ targeting the majorettes, brass band and students, and entry is free. The show has also a balanced entertainment package featuring Mafikizolo from South Africa and Jah Plazah from Zimbabwe who will exchange microphones with their Zambian counterparts, the likes of B-Flow, Amayenge, Maiko Zulu, and Mweshi Mulusa, among others. Other areas of entertainment will include the dare devils who are professional riders from South Africa. We have the famous calisthenics, mass movement displays by the majorettes, cultural dance troupes from all provinces of Zambia, Botswana and Egypt plus many more.”
Silwamba said the society had continued focusing on developing the show grounds.
“A master plan has already been developed and this plan will see the construction of modern infrastructure around the show grounds. Furthermore, the plan will see also the construction of a modern exhibition centre for commercial and agricultural exhibits. I would like to assure you that the society will endeavour to maintain the green areas within the city as they modernise the show grounds, for the benefit of all,” said Silwamba.