Japan to continue promoting IP protection

Japan to continue promoting IP protection

By Daniel Chigundu THE government of Japan says it is looking at continuing its efforts of helping Africa in the area of promoting investments and protection of Intellectual Property (IP) as part the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) program. TICAD was launched by Japan as a multilateral and open forum that generates innovative discussions on African development and during the 6th edition of the program held in Nairobi Kenya in 2016, Japan announced that it would provide training to 1,000 people over a period of three years between…

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ZITF begins 2019 preparations

ZITF begins 2019 preparations

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE International Trade Fair Company (ZITF) has begun preparation for the 2019 edition of the country’s premier business exhibition scheduled for 23-27th of April. The 2019 edition of ZITF will be 60th consecutive edition and will be running under the theme “Propagating Industrial Growth through Trade and Investment” Addressing the media at the ZITF 2019 marketing campaign launch, Minister of Industry and Commerce Nqobizitha Ndlovu said his ministry is pleased that preparations for the fair have begun and called on companies to take the opportunity through participation….

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Van Hoogstraten sees hope in ED

Van Hoogstraten sees hope in ED

By Daniel Chigundu BUSINESS tycoon Nicholas Van Hoogstraten says he supports the new dispensation policy on opening the country for business. Since his inception in November 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made it clear that Zimbabwe is open for business and is willing to engage with investors from any country. Speaking on the sidelines of the Parliamentary Portfolio on Mines, Van Hoog said change cannot take place in a month but needs time and that the new dispensation has good intentions. “I believe and support that Zimbabwe is open for…

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Mupfumira courts London investors

Mupfumira courts London investors

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira has called on potential investors in the United Kingdom to take advantage of opportunities in the country’s tourism sector. Tourism is one of the main foreign currency earning sectors that are expected to help revive the country’s economy together with agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Zimbabwe’s tourism sector is expected to grow by 20 percent in 2018 surpassing 2.5 million arrivals buoyed by unique flora and fauna and world heritage sites such as Victoria Falls and Great Zimbabwe among others…

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Re-engagement pays off for tourism

Re-engagement pays off for tourism

By Daniel Chigundu ENVIRONMENT Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira say her re-engagement efforts have started producing results following the arrival of a 35-member UK Diaspora delegation. The delegation which consists of individuals drawn from various backgrounds and trades and during their stay they will embark on scouting missions for opportunities as well. Speaking at the welcoming dinner, Minister Mupfumira said “the visit comes as result of the re-engagement mission we conducted in the United Kingdom in March this year with the main objective of reviving interest toward destination…

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Emirates facilitating economic revival

Emirates facilitating economic revival

By Daniel Chigundu EMIRATES airline is playing a complementary role in Zimbabwe’s economic revival through facilitating tourism and enabling the movement of exports to the world. Tourism is arguably one of the country’s low hanging fruits in economic revival and for that, to work there is a need for a reliable and trusted airline, a role which Emirates is playing following years of poor performance by crumbling Air Zimbabwe. The airline flies daily from Harare to Dubai via Lusaka offering the much-needed convenience for both inbound leisure and business travellers….

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Mohadi applauds tourism growth

Mohadi applauds tourism growth

By Staff Reporter ACTING President Kembo Mohadi has applauded efforts being made in the tourism sector particularly in Victoria Falls which was designated as a special economic zone. The tourism sector has been on an upward trend in terms of arrivals and attraction of foreign direct investment since the coming in of the new dispensation last year. There are also prospects that the sector will continue to grow going forward as the government continues to remove the bottlenecks that have been stifling the smooth operations. According to economists, tourism is…

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SMEs Expo preps gather momentum

SMEs Expo preps gather momentum

By Daniel Chigundu ORGANISERS of the SMEs International Expo say preparation for the 8th edition of the expo have gathered momentum and exhibition space is fast running out. SMEs International Expo started in 2011 at the Harare Exhibition Park and has been growing since then and has never missed an edition. This year the expo is running under the theme “Explore Innovate Implement A New Economic Order for Business in the Digital Era” and will take place from 17th to 20th of October at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). In…

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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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