The EAST AFRICA INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXHIBITION (EAITE) on multi-sector products, equipment & machinery is the most important business trade event held annually in Tanzania, the hub of the vast East African market. The exhibition attracts exhibitors from more than 30 countries and visitors from all over East & Central Africa, thus giving exhibitors an excellent opportunity to explore several countries at one time. The tradeshow has an exciting line-up of both local and international companies and is an ideal platform for product launches, finding new buyers & distributors, promoting brand names & image, updating existing customers and updating oneself with the latest trends in the industry.
Over the past few years, Tanzania has emerged as a major regional trade centre. According to the World Bank, Tanzania's imports of goods and services amounted to $10.9 billion, of which $2.5 billion (23%) were imports of capital goods that are used to produce other goods or services, such as machinery, equipment, vehicles, etc. The manufacturing sector in Tanzania is one of the key pillars of the country's economic development, contributing about 8% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and employing about 700,000 people. The manufacturing sector in Tanzania is mainly composed of food processing (24%), textiles and clothing (10%), chemicals (8.5%), and others, including beverages, leather and leather products, paper and paper products, publishing and printing, and plastics. The manufacturing industry is largely based on the processing of local agricultural products, such as cereals, sugar, coffee, tea, tobacco, sisal, cotton, dairy, meat and fish.