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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

ZB avails US$10m for Horticulture

ZB avails US$10m for Horticulture

By Ndafadza Madanha ZB Bank has availed a US$10m facility for horticulture players in the country as it seeks to bolster production in the sector and enhance export earnings. Horticulture was once a significant earner of foreign currency with the sector contributing 15% of total exports in 2009 however, last year the figure stood at less than one percent of total exports ZB chief executive Roy Mutandagayi said the facility is targeted at those with export markets. “We have a US$10m facility for horticulture players with an export market as…

Read More

Zheing Zhiang to market Zimbabwe tourism

Zheing Zhiang to market Zimbabwe tourism

By Daniel Chigundu A 10 member delegation from China’s Zheing Zhiang Radio and TV Group is in the country to shoot a documentary video which they will use to market the country, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister has said. The coming in of the delegation is a follow up to engagements made during last state visit to China by a high powered Zimbabwean delegation led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in April this year. The documentary video will mainly focus on the major tourism products, investment opportunities available in the tourism…

Read More

It’s time to unite the country: Khupe

It’s time to unite the country: Khupe

By Daniel Chigundu MDC-T leader Thokozani Khupe has called on President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa to put more emphasis on uniting the country if he entertains hopes of developing the country going forward. Zimbabwe is hugely divided on tribal grounds, regionalism and political affiliation among many others. However, it is tribalism between the Shona and Ndebele groups which is more pronounced and has reportedly seen certain areas in the country lagging behind in terms of development since independence in 1980. People of Ndebele origin are of the view that the Matabeleland region…

Read More

Stop the raids: Chamisa

Stop the raids: Chamisa

By Daniel Chigundu MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has called on the police and the military to stop night raids of political activists and human rights defenders currently happening in suburbs arguing that they are meant to instil fear in people. Since the violent clashes in Harare’s Central Business District which saw over 10 people dying of gunshot wounds allegedly from soldiers, people in such suburbs as Chitungwiza, Mbare and Kuwadzana have not had peace. According to word doing rounds on social media, soldiers are reportedly beating people door to…

Read More

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…

Read More

AFDB ponders US$21m for agricultural value chain

AFDB ponders US$21m for agricultural value chain

THE African Development Bank (AFDB) board of directors is considering a US$21m Agricultural Value Chain Project for Zimbabwe (AVCP) which is expected to promote infrastructure rehabilitation and value chain development of improved crop and livestock production. According to AFDB country manager for Zimbabwe Damoni Kitabire the project will also indirectly benefit value chain players through job creation. “The Bank is currently preparing an Agricultural Value Chain Project (AVCP), estimated total cost of USD 21.30 Million. The project is awaiting approval by the Board of Directors and shall be communicated in due…

Read More