The annual Botswana Consumer Fair has grown over the years in terms of the quality of exhibitors with different sectors of the economy showcasing at the event. This is according to Kenyan envoy to Botswana, Jean Wambui Kimani who was the guest speaker on Monday when the weeklong fair kick-started. The fair is on its 12th year. Kimani said the fair has over the years allowed manufacturers to market their products directly to the consumers. Kimani said the other role the show has played is providing education, explaining that economic decisions are made faster through the ability of receiving information. Exhibitors at the fair are from both the public and private sector providing services and products. Kimani recognised the consumer fair for the contribution it has made to the economy in the more than a decade that it has been held. More importantly she noted that trade is very critical tool for development as now more and more countries are removing trade barriers. She said intra-regional trade in blocs like SADC and COMESA has improved. Kimani said the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Business Botswana and Kenya Chamber of Commerce will also unlock opportunities for the two countries in areas of trade as well as enhance job creation in the two countries.