- NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies Visiting Speaker Series
Please note the event is CANCELLED.
Date: 27 August 2018, Monday
Time: : 14.30pm - 16:00pm
Venue: Singapore Business Federation
SBF Center, 160 Robinson Road, #06-01, Singapore 068914
SBF Seminar Room 1
Dress Code : Business Attire
Registration: We encouraged participant to register via the online registration
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Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980 after a liberation struggle of a few decades. Mr Robert Mugabe was the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then President from 1987 to 2017. Since 2000, for various reasons, Zimbabwe’s economy experienced a number of setbacks. In November 2008, the country achieved hyperinflation with a rate estimated at 79,600,000,000% per month. While the situation improved after that, Zimbabwe’s economy never bounced back to pre-2000 levels. The land-grab that occurred had a devastating effect on the economy and foreign investor confidence. At the same time, foreign tourists stopped visiting the country.
In November 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over as president of Zimbabwe. He immediately reached out to the international investors and assured them that a new dispensation was in the making. At his inauguration, he set out some plausible steps towards Zimbabwe’s revival. He committed to “elements of a market economy in which enterprise is encouraged, protected and allowed just and merited rewards.” He spoke about creating “a stable environment for international investors whose presence in our midst must be valued and secured.” The good news is there is plenty of low-hanging fruit, such as excellent land, decent (if rundown) infrastructure and a well-educated population. Three obvious sectors available for development, include agriculture, mining and tourism.
President Mnangagwa has also had discussions with President Xi Jinping of China, while Foreign Minister Lavrov from Russia visited Zimbabwe in March 2018. Various opportunities seem to be available to interested investors.
Attendees can expect to learn about the following:
Kindly register by noon on 24 August 2018 (Friday).
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