Waterloo, Canada – May 20, 2009 – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is co-hosting an international investment and economic roundtable entitled Preparing for Zimbabwe’s Growth Take-off from May 22-23, 2009 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The aim of the roundtable is to offer policy advice and help facilitate engagement in private sector-led economic reconstruction efforts in Zimbabwe, which is slowly beginning to recover after a decade-long economic crisis that plagued the once thriving southern African country and its people.

Economic cluster ministers in the Zimbabwe government from the ministries of economic planning, investment, industry, tourism and the environment are participating in this event, as well as senior executives from Zimbabwe’s industrial and private sectors.

Among the issues participants will discuss are: (1) enhancing the role of Zimbabwe’s private sector in reconstruction efforts, (2) mobilizing foreign investors and donors, (3) confronting climate change, globalization and other new challenges, (4) identifying avenues for sustainable development, (5) examining the world trade regime and accessing its markets, (6) reforming investment climate, (7) harnessing opportunities with rising global powers, such as China and India.

Preparing for Zimbabwe’s Growth Take-off is co-hosted by the Development Enterprise Africa Trust (DEAT), a Zimbabwe-based policy research organization, with support from

Frontier Advisory, Zimbabwe Independent, African Sun Limited, Air Zimbabwe Holdings and AICO Africa Limited.

For more information about this international investment and economic roundtable, including a list of panelists and speakers, please visit: www.cigionline.org/events/workshop-zimbabwe-roundtable-growth-take



Hany Besada – Senior Researcher and Program Leader, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada

Eric Bloch – H and E Bloch and Company, Zimbabwe

Peter Chikumba – Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Zimbabwe Holdings, Zimbabwe

Honourable Elton Mangoma – Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Government of Zimbabwe

Richard Mbaiwa – Chief Executive Officer, Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA), Zimbabwe

Honourable Walter Mzembi – Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Government of Zimbabwe

Honourable Francis Nhema – Minister of Environment and Natural Resources,

Government of Zimbabwe; Chair, United Nations Commission on Sustainable


Honourable Sithembiso Nyoni – Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of Zimbabwe

Ben Rafemoyo – Chief Executive Officer, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Holdings (ZESA), Zimbabwe

Nyasha Zhou – Chief Executive Officer, PG Industries Limited, Zimbabwe


Preparing for Zimbabwe’s Growth Take-off


Friday, May 22 – Saturday, May 23


May 22, 8:00 am – 9:30 pm

May 23, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm


Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


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The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance challenges. Led by a group of experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate, builds capacity, and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI's interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2002 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.


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