Malawi President Joyce Banda is scheduled to officially open the Zimbabwe 2013 International Trade Fair which runs from April 23 to 27 in Bulawayo, courtesy of an invitation of the country’s President Robert Mugabe.
This will be President Banda’s maiden state visit to the home of Mugabe a very close ally to the departed Professor Bingu wa Mutharika. Banda ascended to the thrown April last year after the demise of Mutharika.
Zimbabwe press quotes Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube confirming the invitation and dates of the international trade fair.
Interestingly, the two presidents have totally different approaches to the western world, with the Malawi leader opting for a soft touch to win the western hearts while her Zimbabwean counterpart reciprocates with a combatant approach.
In Malawi an international trade fair is organized May end and some Zimbabwe companies attend the Malawi trade fair, just like their counterparts attend the Zimbabwe fairs.
It is not clear whether the Zimbabwe government will meet travel and related expenses for the Malawi leader and his entourage. Malawians have not been happy with the globe-trotting of their leader under their nation’s poor economic terrain.
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