Zambia's annual trade fair has been attracting massive crowds and a large number of international exhibitors.
SV Sign across entrance, 'Zambia Trade Fair'
GV Large crowd at entrance
SV Kenya pavilion
LV People entering Swaziland pavilion
GV Italian Fiat cars on display
GVs West German pavilion (2 shots)
GV Swedish pavilion
SV Water pouring from irrigation pipe on Swedish stand
GV Swedish Volvo truck displaying rough surface capability
SV Crowds watching truck
SV Mozambique pavilion
SV Yugoslav pavilion
CU Political slogans on Tanzanian pavilion, proclaiming Tanzanian-Zambian friendship
GV Crowd outside Tanzanian and neighbouring Zambian pavilion
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Background: Zambia's annual trade fair has been attracting massive crowds and a large number of international exhibitors.
SYNOPSIS: The organisers of the six-day fair, which opened in the copperbelt town of Ndola at the beginning of July, reported attendances of several thousand people a day.
The largest group of exhibitors were from nearby African nations. But Zambia, whose economy is based on the mining of copper, has relatively few economic links with other African nations. It's main trading partners are Britain and the rest of the European Economic Community, Japan, and the rest of Asia. Smaller but regular trading partners include the Soviet Union, other eastern European nations, and Latin American countries.
This year, Swedish companies are displaying irrigation equipment and heavy trucks in an effort to establish themselves on the Zambian market. Agriculture, once the secondary economic mainstay to copper, has run down since independence -- but government efforts are being made to boost production to its former high leave. Road transport, too, is important -- and the better able a truck is to cope with rough surfaces, the more easily it will sell on a continent where it's uneconomic to maintain tarmac surfaces except in the cities and on some major cross-country routes.
Tanzania -- one of Zambia's closest African allies and economic partners, mainly in transport services, was proud to state the ties between the two nations. Even their pavilions were side by side.