The Tamanhint Exhibition and Conference Center in the southern Municipality of Wadi Al-Bawanis hosted the Libyan Food Festival and Fezzan Economic Salon, which will run until the 25th of this month.

The event was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister Ramadan Abu Janah and Minister of Economy and Trade Muhammad al-Hawij in the presence of several government ministers and local officials.

Deputy PM Abu Janah praised the efforts of the Ministry of Economy and Trade in organizing this exhibition, stressing that the government is working to make the southern region a commercial and free zone in order to support investment and advance the Libyan economy.

For his part, the Minister of Economy and Trade emphasized in his speech that initiatives are underway to establish a bureau for the Ministry of Economy in the south and activate the economic surveillance system.

According to Al-Hawij, the ministry has plans to promote durum wheat production in farm constituencies and is ready to provide support for several projects, besides encouraging the export and marketing of dates outside Libya, which is considered one of the best in the world.

The festival provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the wide variety of southern-based food businesses such as dates, cereals, and canned food, besides fruit trees.

On the sidelines of the exhibition, the cornerstone of the southern economic zone was laid in Tamanhint, in the municipality of Wadi Al-Bawanis.