The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) in partnership with Investment Access Group (IAG) led a business delegation to Rwanda from the 23rd to the 26th January 2018. The purpose of the trip was to scout for business opportunities for Zimbabwe in Rwanda .
The 3 day trade mission to Rwanda, saw the delegation engaging in Business-to-Business meetings with different key business stakeholders that shared relevant information, experiences and areas of synergies between Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
The head of delegation comprised of ZNCC president Dr Ndhlukula, ZNCC Harare Branch Chairperson Mr. Archie Dongo, ZNCC Harare Branch Vice Chairperson Mr. Mike Kamungeremu and ZNCC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Christopher Mugaga.
Different sectors of Zimbabwe’s Business Community were represented including Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
ZNCC is established for the purpose of developing, promoting, and lobbying for its members and the local business community through advancing economic progress, the creation of good climate for business to prosper, developing innovative business entrepreneurship spirit. The Chamber’s focus is on identifying, promoting and servicing the interests and needs of the membership. As a result the Chamber continues to provide services designed to support members in business development representing the interests of its members through lobbying, collaboration and facilitation.
On the drive to equip business with development opportunities ZNCC theme for 2018 is “Enterprise Development, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Growth.” The Chamber is embarking on the drive to help create sustainable businesses which grow and lead to job creation, which in turn contributes to sustainable economic growth. This is a priority as this will result in the provision of opportunities for local entrepreneurs. The chamber will also continue to provide a focus on business empowerment as the engine for economic growth and encouraging competitiveness through the promotion or organised business communities.
ZNCC will facilitate firms’ efforts to innovate constantly so that existing small businesses can be competitive both on the domestic and international markets. The Chamber continues to work with stakeholders from the industry, academia, trade associations and unions, to identify future growth clusters and develop economic strategies to position Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans well for the future.
The new normal economy has been chararcterised by the emergence of the informal sector hence the chamber will come up with capacity development and training initiatives. This will see the chamber hosting a Youth Indaba as part of capacity development during the 2018 first quarter.
The current economic environment cannot absorb all the youth and this has led to the proliferation of the informal sector which has absorbed most young people as agents and dealers. The youth summit will focus on the development and implementation of policies that create youth employment practice that appear to be required in order to ensure social, economic and ecological viability and well-being, now and into the long-term future.
The summit will help build a youth generation which is environmentally conscious in their business approach - to limit on environmental pollution and land degradation whilst embracing corporate social responsibility and also to empower the youth so that they become active participants of the social and economic development.
The other objective of the Youth Indaba is to identify gaps which need to be addressed so that youths can aid to the economy in line with promoting sustained and inclusive Economic Growth, with productive employment and decent work for all by providing guidance and addressing the skills gap with a focus on long-term sustainability.
The summit will help bring sustainable development embedded in the hearts of the youth entrepreneurs with the communal benefit and accelerated positive effect, sufficient for a breakthrough towards an economically secure, ecologically stable and socially just world.
Partnership opportunities are available for the summit and members of the business community are being invited to partner with the Chamber to make this event a success.
For more information and enquiries contact the ZNCC offices on:
ZNCC NATIONAL OFFICE
5th Floor Zambia House
48 Kwame Nkrumah Avenue
Tel: +263 293 55 30|1/ 770244