Zimbabwe industry boss calls on diasporans to boost investment in the country just like international soccer players boost the national team


Here is my business and football analogy, when continental or global competition calls, we usually assemble our best local players and call on our foreign based players to be released for national team duty (Zimbabwe Inc).

As we plan the CZI Annual meet up we are thinking, we need our international based players to come and join the national conversation to help us qualify for some continental and global competition.

We are inviting the Zimbabwean business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy leaders who are plying their trade beyond our borders to bring home some of their expertise and experiences to interact with our own at home so that we can shift gears to play in the big leagues at various levels.

We have aptly themed the congress ”Glocalise” to reflect both where we are in the larger scheme of things and to characterise the content of the conference.

Internet and open trade brought the world to our shop shelves and onto our gadgets and the local consumer has become a global consumer while sitting right here at home, so what does that mean for local and export trade?

The game we are playing is very global whether we are playing at home or away. The challenges are of a global proportion and we are not immune to them, quality standards and trade are both global agendas, then we have the climate agenda, sustainability etc that have quietly become part of the competitiveness matrix. Putting our ”best feet (minds) forward” and ensuring policy, business, entrepreneurship, leadership, talent all come together to gain ground or score some goals is crucial.

The annual conference is ”Thee” annual business and policy conversation and this time around some of our internationally based players, the ones that the outside world identified and recognised to play in the global league will be making some great passes and sharing expert advice, encouragement, inspiration, motivation, energy and morale to take our game (business, entrepreneurship, economy) to the next level. Our top business leaders and entrepreneurs, policy thought leaders and analysts will make the line up. We need to take our conversations to the next level!

I hope you can join us for this year’s premier business conference.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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