SMEs have key role in ED’s 2030 vision

SMEs have key role in ED’s 2030 vision

By Daniel Chigundu WOMEN’S Affairs, Community and SMEs Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni say small to medium enterprises in the country have an important role to play in the country’s vision of becoming a middle-income economy by 2030. President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his election campaign promised that his government will focus on making Zimbabwe a middle-income economy by 2030 adding that it will pay attention to business than politics. In a speech read on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Minister Nyoni said she will work to ensure that her ministry…

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ARIPO launches Regional IP database

ARIPO launches Regional IP database

By Daniel Chigundu AFRICAN Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) has launched its regional intellectual property database (RIPD) which seeks among other things to enable users to centrally view all published IP titles in the region. According to the organisation’s director general Fernando Dos Santos, the idea to create the database was mooted in 2014 at a meeting that was held in Victoria Falls. “The project proposal for the creation of a regional database for published IP titles of the ARIPO Office and those of its member states was presented and…

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Introduce flights to West Africa

Introduce flights to West Africa

By Daniel Chigundu THE country’s tourism Ambassador for Ghana and West Africa Nancy Sam has called on the Zimbabwean government to consider introducing flights to West Africa if it hopes to draw tourists from that region. Zimbabwe is in the process of trying to attract as much tourists into country via various marketing means and strategies. Some of the strategies include participating at travel shows, appointing ambassadors and establishing marketing offices in lucrative markets and hosting of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo among others. However, the lack of meaningful airlines…

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Bring new airlines to Zimbabwe

Bring new airlines to Zimbabwe

By Daniel Chigundu VICE President Constantino Chiwenga has called on the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry and Tourism to put their efforts together and ensure they attract new airlines to the country. Since the turn of the millennium, Zimbabwe has witnessed a decrease in the number of airlines that pass through the country with such airlines as British Airways dumping the destination for various reasons. Air transport is arguably an important factor in as far as increasing statistics of arrivals is of concern as it is the only logical…

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Mnangagwa appoints Cabinet

Mnangagwa appoints Cabinet

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed his highly awaited cabinet comprising 20 ministers. Here is the list of ministers Finance: Mtuli Ncube Defence: Oppah Muchinguri Foreign: SB Moyo Home Affairs: Cain Mathema Primary Education: Paul Mavima Land: Perence Shiri Mines: Winston Chitando Information: Monica Mutsvangwa ICT: Kazembe Kazembe Sports, Arts, Youths: Kirsty Coventry Health-Obediah Moyo Justice-Ziyambi Ziyambi Public Service-Sekai Nzenza SMEs-Sithembiso Nyoni Energy-Jorum Gumbo Transport-Joel Matiza Industry-Mangaliso Ndlovu Higher Education-Amon Murwira Sport: Kirsty Coventry Tourism-Prisca Mupfumira

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Sanganai/Hlanganani to stay longer in Bulawayo

Sanganai/Hlanganani to stay longer in Bulawayo

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke says Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo is going to stay longer in Bulawayo until it has helped revive tourism economy in the city. Sanganai/Hlanganani was moved from Harare to Bulawayo at the instruction of then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa with the  aim of spreading activities around the country. The tourism economy in Bulawayo took a knock from massive deindustrialisation which saw most large corporates moving their headquarters to Harare while others chose to close shop instead. Addressing a press…

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Nkomo heritage trails launched

Nkomo heritage trails launched

  By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) says the decision to honour the later former Vice President Dr Joshua Nkomo through heritage trails is part of the new dispensation’s thinking. Dr Nkomo who was popularly known as “father Zimbabwe became the country’s Vice President from 1987 up to the time of his death 1999 and was known for being a unifier. Before the launch of the heritage trails, people marched from Blue Lagoon, pasted through Stanley Hall up to the Dr Nkomo’s statue in Bulawayo’s central business district. Speaking…

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Sanganai/Hlanganani grows by 4.6%

Sanganai/Hlanganani grows by 4.6%

By Daniel Chigundu THE 11th edition of Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo has recorded a significant growth in terms of exhibitors driven largely by an increase in foreign participation. According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) South Africa has brought more tour operators to this year’s fair which has generally seen an overwhelming response from quality exhibitors. ZTA says it has had to extend exhibition space to allow companies that are continuously expressing interest in showcasing at this year’s premier event. Addressing the media, ZTA chief executive Dr Karikoga Kaseke said…

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AFDB and Govt launch high iron bean project

AFDB and Govt launch high iron bean project

By Malcolm Meja Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural settlement Ringston Chitsiko, in Collaboration with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), within the framework of the African Development Bank (AfDB), launched the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT). The multi-national project titled “Promoting High Iron Beans in Zimbabwe” with focus on High Iron Bean value chain in the capital. The DR&SS under the Min. of Lands and Agriculture will be the leading institution. The bean compact project is being implemented in 8 African countries namely…

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Chitando eyes US$12b mining revenue

Chitando eyes US$12b mining revenue

By Staff Reporters  OUTGOING minister of mines Winston Chitando says mining sector revenue is likely to increase to US$12b by 2023 from US$2.5b recorded in 2017. Chitando said the growth will be spurred by growth in the gold and diamond sectors. He said the coal bed methane gas deposits coupled with vast coal deposits in the country will enable the nation to be diesel self sufficient by 2030. Chitando said that the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) has built significant capacity in diamond production through a successful transition from alluvial…

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