ZITF MapIn 2017, participation stood at 551 local and 110 foreign exhibitors bringing the total number to 661 while in 2016 exhibitors were 459 local and 106 foreign giving a total of 565. This represents an increase in total participation of 17 percent. Meanwhile, the number of visitors stood at 93 434. This participation record is a clear indication of the growing interest in our Exhibition across the world.


The Industrial and Commercial Hub of the Copperbelt

Ndola is the third largest city in Zambia, with a population of 455,194 (2010 census provisional). It is the industrial and commercial hub of the Copperbelt- Zambia’s copper – mining region, and capital of Copperbelt Province. It is also the commercial capital city of Zambia and has one of the three international airports in Zambia, the others being Livingstone and Lusaka. It lies just 10 km from the border with DR Congo.


Ndola has a pleasant humid subtropical climate

Average high °C (°F)        26.6

Average low °C (°F)          17.1


Emerald from the Kagem Emerald Mine, Kafubu

Emerald District, Ndola

Size 3.0 x 2.7 x 2.6cm


Once, the largest industrial centre of Zambia, boasting, among many high – powered sites, a Land Rover vehicle assembly plant, Dunlop tire manufacture, Johnson and Johnson Industry, Ndola’s economy shrunk significantly between 1980 and 2000. Many closed factories and plants lie unoccupied in the town. A number of former industries such as clothing and vehicle assembly have gone completely. At its height Ndola was Zambia’s host of production sites for such world – renowned blue chip names as Colgate – Palmolive, Unilever, Dunlop, Land Rover, etc.


There are no mines in Ndola itself but the Bwana Mkubwa open-cast mine is only 10km south-east of the city centre. Until their closure, copper and precious metals used to be brought from elsewhere in the Copperbelt for processing at the Ndola Copper refinery and Precious Metals Refinery. Copper exports provide 70-80% of Zambia’s export earnings, making the city very important to the country’s economy. The Indeni oil refinery in Ndola supplies the whole country with refined petroleum. It was repaired in 2001 after being severely damaged by fire 1999.


Ndola has huge limestone reserves which are believed to be among the most homogenous of their kind in the world. Limestone has therefore become to Ndola’s economy what copper is to the rest of the country, providing much of the wealth and employment. Lime is a major component in the production of cement.

Cultural Interactions

The four processing plants (the cement plants, the lime plant, and Bwana Mkubwa have mining rights on land located very close to the traditional chiefdom of Chiwala. Chief Chiwala is therefore a significant interested party to Ndola industry and economics.


  • Ndola is on the Zambia Railways line with passenger and freight services running between Kitwe and Livingstone via Kabwe and Lusaka. Freight branch lines run to other Copperbelt towns and from Ndola to Lubumbashi in DR Congo via Sakania.
  • A dual carriageway links Ndola to Kitwe, the Copperbelt’s second city, and other tarred highways link Mufulira and Lusaka.
  • Ndola Airport has scheduled domestic services to Lusaka and an international service to Johannesburg and Nairobi.

Jacaranda Mall

The new Jacaranda Shopping Mall was opened in March 2011. It is still being developed close to the airport and next to the show grounds providing a variety of shops and food outlets.

Mukuba Hotel

Mukuba Hotel is set on a 16 acre landscape, ranch style retreat,10 minutes away from the city of Ndola, Zambia and 4km from the Airport.

Our herd of graceful Impala, among other attractions, symbolising the Hotel’s unsurpassed quest for excellence which has earned it the title “Gem of the Copperbelt” amongst the local admirers.Mukuba Hotel

Sport and Recreation

Levy Mwanawasa Stadium

As with many towns on the Copperbelt, Ndola’s sports and recreation life was heavily supported by the now disbundled mining conglomerate, Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd (ZCCM). Nevertheless, significant sports places are Ndola Tennis Club, Ndola Swimming Pool, the Kanini area (about 3km from city centre and home several sports clubs and playing fields like Ndola Wanderers Football Club, a rugby club, and others). About 10km north-west of the city centre, there a motor racing track popular with weekend motorbike enthusiasts. The city has several recreational green parks which enjoy a very basic level of maintenance and are open to the public. Of particular significance is the Dag Hammarskjold Crash Site Memorial located some 10km north of Ndola city centre. Dag Hammarskjold Stadium, which is located on the banks of the Kafubu River south of the city and was razed in the 1980s to make way for an improved one, which was never rebuilt on original site. Instead, construction works began in early 2009 on a new location north-west of the city for a replacement football stadium capable of hosting major international matches.


2018 INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR 27.06.2018 08:00 64 Days


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