By Daniel Chigundu
ENVIRONMENT, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira who is leading an eight-member Zimbabwean delegation says the country can benefit immensely from the World Government Summit session currently happening in Dubai.
The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide. Each year, the Summit sets the agenda for the next generation of governments, focusing on how they can harness innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity.
This annual gathering which is held in February in Dubai hosts over 4000 participants and invites world leaders, international organizations’ representatives, thinkers, and experts from over 150 countries.
Speaking on the sidelines of the summit, Minister Mupfumira said Zimbabwe’s economy is ready to take-off, with vast opportunities in the tourism sector up for grabs adding that the World Government Summit provides an opportunity to showcase what the country has to offer.
“The World Government Summit is a neutral, non-profit organization at the intersection of government and innovation. It functions as a knowledge exchange platform for leaders in the public and private sectors to convene and collaborate with world-renowned experts to create a positive impact for citizens worldwide.
“We believe as a country and in particular as a Ministry, we can benefit from the sessions and above all, this is a great platform to market Destination Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabwe’s economy is ready for take-off. The country’s fiscal deficit is being taken care of by the government and the people of the Republic, Zimbabwe is ready for international investment and to once again foster an environment for people to prosper and make money.
“Now is the time to invest in the Zimbabwean tourism sector. I dare say, don’t miss the boat,” she said.
The Zimbabwean delegation is comprised of the Deputy Minister of Labour and Public Services Lovemore Matuke, the Public Service Commission representative Commissioner Dr Tsitsi Choruma, Simon Masanga, Dr Precious Sibiya, Givemore Chidzidzi and Godfrey Koti.
Also on the delegation are Happiness Ambassadors Joseph Chinotimba and television Personality Dr Rebecca Chisamba affectionately known as Mai Chisamba.
Pope Francis who was the highlight for this year’s summit urged government leaders to not only consider economic interests but also social when tackling global challenges.
“It is my sincere hope that the question underlying your reflections will not only be ‘what are the best opportunities to take advantage of but what kind of world do we want to build together.
“This question leads us to think of people and of persons rather than capital and economic interests. It is a question that does not look to tomorrow, but further into the future, to the responsibility weighing upon us; handing on this world of ours to those who will come after us, preserving it from environmental degradation and even before that from moral degradation,” he added.