By Davison Vandira
THE second leg of the Zimbabwe Rwanda investment conference is set to kick off in Harare this Monday after the first leg held in Kigali last September generated business worth US$2 million.
The Zimbabwe-Rwanda investment conferences are the brainchild of the National Trade Development and Promotion Organisation,?ZIMTRADE and the Rwanda Development Board in their quest to leverage the two countries’ economic competitiveness.
According to ZIMTRADE Chief Executive Officer, Allan Majuru, the conference is part of the country’s re-engagement and engagement thrust meant to integrate the economy to the rest of the globe.
“We are very excited about the forthcoming Zim Rwanda investment conference, considering the economic benefits we are set to reap from the engagement as already the country has inked about US$2 million from last year’s conference,” he said.
Economic analysts have since commended Zimbabwe’s expanded economic diplomacy spearheaded as a critical path in achieving real investment.
“Zimbabwe has been vigorously participating at investment conferences locally and abroad and this is critical in shaping the country’s development agenda which is centred on vision 2030,” said Kudakwashe Mugova, an economic analyst.
“The forthcoming Zim Rwanda investment conference is a testimony that the country is attracting the correct potential investors when we consider how Rwanda is the fastest developing African economy,” said Titus Mukove, a development economist.
Export competitiveness is one of the key pillars of the National Development Strategy One and it is through these conferences that the strength of the country’s industrial productivity is measured.