Many Malawian exhibitors at this year’s Malawi International Trade Fair (MITF) have expressed satisfaction with the way people are responding to locally produced and manufactured products.
“Many people are coming up to buy and see Malawian products, I think people are realizing that we Malawians are also capable of producing quality products like any other manufacturer in the world,” said Ndirande based Banthu Arts and Craft exhibitor which produces leather footwear and goods like sandals, safety boots, belts, ties and shoes.
The local exhibitor added that Malawi culture will be preserved as many products which are locally manufactured are made from materials which depict Malawian traditions like animal hides which are being used to make products such as shoes, laptop bags among others.
One furniture exhibitor said that their company has embraced aspects of innovation to meet the demands of customers which the President and other stakeholders are also championing to remain competitive and relevant on the market.
“We are impressed with the way people are coming up, however many Malawians do not believe that our products are locally made from the materials they see every day,” said Vito of Balaka based Umunthu Furniture Metal, Carpentry and Joinery which make products like Sofa Sets, wardrobes, kitchen units as well as wooden tiles.
To encourage consumption of locally produced goods and services, government of Malawi launched a Buy Malawi Strategy (BMS) which is being driven by Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
Meanwhile, foreign exhibitors at this year’s Malawi International Trade Fair include Egypt, India, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
The fair will run up to 29th May.
The 28th Malawi International Trade Fair theme is “Achieving Competitiveness through Innovation”.