Philips coming back to Zimbabwe

Electronics giant Phillips is eyeing a comeback into Zimbabwe after almost a decade of absence, businesdigest has established.

BY CLIVE MPHAMBELA

The Netherlands based electronics firm this week sent a high powered delegation to Zimbabwe on a mission to re-engage the government of Zimbabwe with a view to regaining their position as the major supplier of medical and lighting equipment in Zimbabwe.

The delegation, which was led by JJ van Dongen, who is the company’s Market Leader for Africa also comprised Andrew Dehmel, the company’s general manager for Lighting, Africa, Riaan Vau Tonder, the Business development manager-Solutions and Health care and Peter Van de Ven, the general manager for Healthcare.

In a press interview after meeting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at his Highlands residence on Tuesday afternoon, Van Dongen said the key focus areas for the business as they plan their re-emergence in Zimbabwe were in solar systems and how they could be of help to rural transformation, healthcare delivery and general service delivery.

In that regard, the delegation was also scheduled to meet Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda and other senior City of Harare officials to discuss areas of possible investment.

According to van Dongen, Philips is very strong in healthcare equipment and was the biggest supplier of healthcare equipment to Zimbabwe’s hospitals prior to 2004.

According to the Philips executives, the company exited in response to sanctions imposed on the country.

The local branch of the company, which was formerly known as Phillips Electronics Zimbabwe was rebranded to Destiny Electronics (Private) Limited in 2004.

The company distributes Philips healthcare products which include cardio-vascular X-ray imaging equipment; patient monitoring and cardiac care equipment; computed tomography imaging equipment; ultrasound diagnostic imaging equipment; general X-ray imaging equipment; magnetic resonance imaging equipment; clinical informatics systems and nuclear medicine imaging equipment.

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