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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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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CZR to conduct retail trade survey

CZR to conduct retail trade survey

By Daniel; Chigundu THE Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) says it will be embarking on its maiden Annual State of the Retail Sector Survey with a view to building knowledge that will be used to enhance the sector going forward. The results of the survey will be presented on the occasion of the Annual National Retailers Awards in November this year ahead of the 2019 national budget announcement. According to a statement by CZR principal economist Clemence Machadu, the survey will help give a clear picture of the retail sector…

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We are ready to help Zimbabwe: Indonesia

We are ready to help Zimbabwe: Indonesia

By Daniel Chigundu INDONESIA’s Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Partogi J Samosir says his country is ready and has always been ready to help Zimbabwe as a way of showing its love for the country. Zimbabwe which is currently under the new dispensation which came into power in November last year has reiterated that it is ready and willing to engage with any country for the mutual benefit of both countries. Following years of isolation from the international community, Zimbabwe is looking for investors to tap into the vast…

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Tourists are safe in Zimbabwe: ZTA

Tourists are safe in Zimbabwe: ZTA

By Daniel Chigundu ZIMBABWE Tourism Authority (ZTA) says both local and international tourists are safe to travel to the country’s attraction centres adding that the post-election violence experienced last week does not pose a threat. According to ZTA, the protests were only experienced in Harare’s Central Business District and did not affect the country’s tourist attraction centres. In a statement to the media, ZTA said while the events are regrettable, they, however, did not in any way affect the country’s “safe destination status” “The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) would like…

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We will continue to open more mines

We will continue to open more mines

By Daniel Chigundu PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government will continue to reopen closed mines in an effort to increase gold output. Zimbabwe is blessed with vast gold reserves but most mines are currently closed or are under care and maintenance owing to challenging operational environment. This has seen government relying on small miners who have done well despite lack of sophisticated equipment and adequate resources. Addressing party supporters at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma during a political campaign rally, President Mnangagwa said he was proud of the small miners but his…

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Africa Sun revenue up 30%

Africa Sun revenue up 30%

By Staff Reporter HOSPITALITY group Africa Sun recorded a 30% increase in revenue for the first five months of 2018 against the prior period buoyed by increased foreign arrivals. Giving a trading update at the annual general meeting managing director ED Shangwe said the impending election would drive business as foreign observers had begun arriving in the country. He said the new dispensation had also changed the perception foreign travelers had on the destination evidenced by the growth in arrivals since the dramatic events of November. “Revenue up 30% to…

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ED urges OM to support command agric

ED urges OM to support command agric

  By Staff Reporter PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged Old Mutual (OM) to consider supporting the command agriculture programme and horticulture industry. The president was speaking at the OM Anchoring in Africa Zimbabwe gala dinner. “Over and above the well documented history of investment and business operations in Zimbabwe, allow me to highlight that OM has a long track record of partnering Zimbabwe’s government and its people on the socio-economic front over the years. These range from energy and power generation, to SME financing, agriculture funding of small scale banana…

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