Local start-up flies Zim flag in London

By Staff Reporter

LOCAL start-up, Harare Receivables Exchange, was one of seven companies to meet the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State, Rory Stewart, on the sidelines of the Africa Financial Services Investment Conference (AFSIC) underway in London.

Harare Receivables Exchange, the first receivables-focused trading company in Zimbabwe, is helping to grow local businesses by unlocking working capital through supply chain finance.

The meeting was an opportunity for Stewart to meet the local businesses supported through the Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Financial Sector
Deepening Africa (FSD Africa) initiative.

In a statement, FSD Africa said the company was in the advanced stages of a possible investment into Harare Receivables Exchange.

“If approved, the investment will enable the company to grow its portfolio and expand into agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transportation, IT services and the
healthcare sector,” said FSD Africa, a non-profit company which aims to increase prosperity, create jobs and reduce poverty in Sub- Saharan Africa.

Harare Receivables Exchange executive director Taku Chinhengo said: “It was a pleasure meeting the Secretary of State for International Development, representatives from
DIFD and FSD Africa. I found that, ultimately, we all share in the belief that supporting trade is a key pillar in supporting communities and their long-term sustainability
and wealth. The funding provided to companies such as Harare Receivables Exchange will be instrumental in the growth of local and international trade for Zimbabwe.”

In a speech delivered during the Africa Financial Services Investment Conference, Stewart said: “We should partner together, develop together, learn together. Bring our
very different strengths and weaknesses together, bring the ageing population of Britain working together with the incredible, dynamic, young populations of Africa. Bring
your natural resources together with the finance of the City of London, but above all harness the power of people.

“Trust people, local people, people on the ground for their innovation, their ingenuity (and) their energy. Through this partnership, through our investment, which I and
the British people are deeply proud to make with you, we will discover that we probably have less to teach Africa than we have to learn from Africa.”

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