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Govt Officials, Business set for UK Meeting

SENIOR government and business leaders from Zimbabwe and high-ranking officials from key departments of the UK government will tomorrow hold a conference on investment, international development and migration management in London.

The one-day Zimbabwe Diaspora Investment Conference, which is being hosted by the independent Zimbabwe Diaspora Development Interface (ZDDI), will be held at the University of East London.

The chief executives of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) and Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) Emmanuel Munyukwi and Richard Mbaiwa, respectively, will discuss the investment opportunities that have opened up in Zimbabwe following the establishment of a unity government.

The business leaders will also address the policy and legislative framework impacting on economic investment in Zimbabwe today as well as the efforts being currently expended towards resolving outstanding challenges.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Gorden Moyo and Director of Policy and Implementation in the same office, Lazarus Muriritirwa, will explain the unity government’s Diaspora engagement and economic and regulatory policies.

The head of the Zimbabwe Unit in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Rob Denis, Rob Shooter from the Department for International Development (DIFD), and Dee Bourke of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) will speak on the British government’s Zimbabwe policy in the context of its newly unveiled proposal to link migration management to international development objectives.

ZDDI chairman Alex Magaisa said: “The economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe drove many of its nationals into exile, including a large proportion of its skilled human resources. The establishment of a government of national unity has, quite expectedly, captured the attention of the Zimbabwean Diaspora and raised hopes that perhaps a window of opportunity has now been opened for them to invest their skills and capital towards the rehabilitation of their country.

“Likewise, international investors and development policymakers are also sizing up prospects for engagement with Zimbabwe. This conference is therefore an invaluable opportunity for everyone to engage with key policy drivers from the Zimbabwean and UK governments on the crucial themes of investment, migration management and international development.”

ZDDI is an independent, non-partisan development platform launched in September 2006 by Zimbabweans living in the UK.

Its key objective is to  share ideas, skills, experiences, networks and financial resources of the Zimbabwean Diaspora for the reconstruction and development of their country.

The organisation also facilitates debate and discussion among Zimbabwean Diaspora groups and between them and their host government in the UK.  — Staff Writer.

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