Zimbabwe is Open for Business

On Tuesday June 15, 2021 we convened a forum with Ministerial and business leaders from Zimbabwe. The country is a member of the African Trade Insurance Agency, providing various options to mitigate risk on investments and trade - rated "A/stable" by S&P, and "A3/Stable" by Moodys.

10:00:  Call to Order by Chamber President (Garreth Bloor)
10:03:  Official Welcome from the Chair of the Board of the Chamber (Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah)
10:08:  Canada's Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Christina Buchan
10:13:  Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Canada, Her Excellency Ruth Masodzi Chikwira
10:18:  Goodwill message from Hon. Kirsty Coventry, Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation and global Olympic icon
10:20:  Keynote Address: Hon. Dr Frederick Shava, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade 
10:45  Roundtable Panel
Moderated by Mr. Brian Dodo, CEO of MAPP Africa and Director, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
- Mr. Similo Nkala, Operations Manager, ZimTrade
- Mrs Duduzile Shinya, CFO, Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency (ZIDA)
- Christopher Takunda Mugaga, CEO, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC)
Q&A and discussions
11:28: Official Closing by Mr. Craig Sumption, Director of Finance, Hatch

‘Zimbabwe has never been defined by its challenges, but its potential. Success stories are too often not articulated, nor understood. It is my privilege as Chair of the Board to welcome the Republic of Zimbabwe and its great private companies - who are excellent counterparts for Canada’s dynamic business sector in SADC and beyond.'

      -Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Chair of the Board

'Zimbabwe's embassies have been mandated to give priority to economic diplomacy and investment promotion. Investors are welcome to reach out to me directly or via The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.'

                             - Her Excellency, Ambassador Ruth Masodzi Chikwira 

‘The challenges Zimbabwe has faced are not unique to Zimbabwe. With proven reforms we've researched, there is no reason Zimbabwe could not become one of the most economically free and prosperous nations on earth. I look forward to our scheduled engagement through the Chamber with leaders in this wonderful country.'

     - Fred McMahon, Director: Economic Freedom of the World, Fraser Institute


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