CEOs meet to map Africa’s growth plans

CHIEF executive officers (CEOs) will gather in Victoria Falls next month to get skills and knowledge meant to advance economic growth in Africa. CEO Africa Roundtable chairman Oswell Binha said a high level platform for corporate CEOs and senior executives, in both public and private sector, has been created to advance economic development across Africa.

BY FIDELITY MHLANGA

He said CEOs were integral in operations of companies and quasi government institutions, which makes their positioning in economic development strategic and, as such, the meeting would empower them with a wide range of packages, skills and knowledge, including researched data, synergies, investment facilitation, business and investment profiling.

“The roundtable is run by a lean team of competent professionals through a board of governors and a management under a chief executive and draws its membership from both public and private sector CEOs and senior executives across the sectoral divides of African economies,” Binha said.

He said in line with Agenda 2063, as espoused by the African Union, this was a call for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.

Binha said the key focus for the CEO Africa Roundtable was to engender long-term economic planning towards co-ordination and harmonisation underpinned by a clear vision and development plan.

He said the integrated approach helps nations in the allocation of resources towards implementation of multi-sectoral strategies and setting in motion a series of mutually supporting activities in different sectors with the general objective of delivering economic development, poverty alleviation and creation of integrated communities’ in line with a common national, regional and continental vision.

Zimbabwe is slowly emerging from its economic crisis, albeit at a very slow pace characterised by other menacing macro-economic challenges.

The new administration, led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is projecting as open for business and has promised to undertake a number of reforms to lure foreign direct investment.

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