BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Hundreds of businesspersons are expected to attend the inaugural entrepreneurship expo set for Harare on February 29 which is being organised by the Zimbabwe African Entrepreneur Association (ZAEA).
ZAEA founding president, Andrew Hwititi told NewsDay yesterday that the expo sought to facilitate the development of dynamic entrepreneurs and strengthen their capacities with focus on the growth of locally-owned business across all sectors.
Hwititi said prominent banker and businessman Nigel Chanakira and motivation speaker and lawyer Arthur Marara were the main speakers at the expo.
“Local entrepreneurs are a key player in the growth of our country’s economy and in recognition of that, the main idea of this expo is to empower businesspeople and leaders of similar interests while also giving them an opportunity for networking, development, collaboration and mentoring,” he said.
“Our main speakers will provide members with the opportunity to learn from each other’s experience and benefit from the advantages of an organised network of entrepreneurs.”
Hwititi said the expo would also cement ZAEA’s objective of advocating for the continued recognition of local entrepreneurs for inclusion and active participation in all sectors of the economy.
“ZAEA is an agent to facilitate development of dynamic entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe as we always lobby for the interests and continued recognition of local businesspeople across all sectors. We support the initiating of projects, processes and programmes that positively impact the immediate communities,” he said.
“There will also be opportunities to encourage entrepreneurs and enhancing the success of locally-owned businesses in Zimbabwe, thereby contributing to combating unemployment, improving standard of living and growing our economy.”