Farai Kuvirimirwa Herald Reporter
ZIMPAPERS will host breakfast meetings with the business community and Government ministries in three more centres across the country following the one being hosted today in Harare by The Herald Business bringing together captains of industry, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa and diplomats.
This follows President Mugabe’s one week state visit to China, where numerous mega deals were sealed as part of Government’s efforts to ensure the successful implementation of the economic blueprint, Zim-Asset.
Zimpapers group chief operating officer Mr Pikirayi Deketeke yesterday said today’s inaugural breakfast meeting would be followed by three more meetings in Bulawayo, Mutare and Victoria Falls.
“It is (the business breakfast meeting) a continuity of the platform, which we have always created on our newspapers, digital media and radio.
“The breakfast meeting brief will start at 7.30am and end at 10am today and the first series will be centring on Chinese deals. The second one will be in Bulawayo where we will be looking at industry and infrastructure.
“We will bring together the business community and look at what has happened in terms of that area in Bulawayo as that opportunity has been presented in Chinese deals, which will revive the city’s industrial sector and will be hosted by Chronicle,” he said.
Mr Deketeke said the Bulawayo meeting would be held next week on Wednesday and the idea was to bring the Ministers of Industry and Commerce and of Transport and Infrastructure Development to meet the business community.
“The two ministers who look after the infrastructure will meet the business community so that they can interrogate the opportunities, which can arise.
“The other week on Wednesday we will head to Mutare and do one on mining and agriculture. Hopefully, we will bring the Ministers of Mines and Mining Development and of Agriculture (Mechanisation and Irrigation Development) so that they meet business community and it will be hosted by The Manica Post.
“We will focus on mining in Mutare because of the centrality of diamond mining and the relevance to the business community. We are sure they have concerns they want to express,” he said.
Mr Deketeke said in the fourth week, a breakfast meeting would be held in Victoria Falls to delve into tourism and unlock the potential of visits from Asia.
“We will see how we can unlock the potential of tourist arrivals from Asia. It will create that dialogue between the business community in tourism sector and Government as we roll out into creating business briefs with industry leaders.
“Everyone is invited to come to the event and we are not limiting ourselves and the whole idea is to have that intimate engagement between Government and the business leadership in terms of programmes that Government embarks on and how they benefit business and the economy.
Today’s breakfast meeting to be held under the theme: “Historic Sino-Zim Agreements – What’s Next” will see Minister Chinamasa elucidating to the business community the vast opportunities created by the visit to the Far East .
Multi-million dollar deals were struck during the visit, which looked at infrastructure development, economic turnaround strategies and the creation of millions of jobs.