The website, that has sections on news, the structure of the Finance ministry, investment issues, a forum for stakeholders to post their views on various issues in the economy was launched at a colourful ceremony in Harare on Thursday. The general public can "Talk to Tendai" under a section designed to build closer interaction between the Minister, the ministry and various stakeholders.
"The website would be used as a tool of communication and getting ideas from the public and most importantly, this is a vehicle that shows that there is a new paradigm in Zimbabwe, that Zimbabwe is adopting a matrix that we have nothing to hide. We will be communicating our messages and our programmes through the website. We hope that those who would want to research on and invest in Zimbabwe will find this website a useful tool of research and analysis," Hon Biti said when launching the website.
He said the website was part of the inclusive government’s approach to open up Zimbabwe to the outside world.
"This website is intended to act as some of the new image drivers for Zimbabwe. In the past we have been known to be a community of conflict and intolerance so now we want to show that we are graduating to a platform and that the days of conflict are gone," said Hon Biti. The site will be manned by officials from the finance ministry.
Speaking at the launch guest of honour Minister of Information Communication and Technology Honourable Nelson Chamisa said the portal was a step in the right direction.
"The internet is 24/7, it does not sleep and this is why we should be on the internet because people within and outside the country can access information on Zimbabwe anytime," said Chamisa.
Under the investment section, the ministry provides general investment guidelines and other sections with information on investing in different sectors such as mining, tourism, transport and commerce.
There is also a section which provides users with an option to download ministry documents and Acts that are administered by the Finance ministry such as the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Act.
Links to the Prime Minister Rt Hon Morgan Tsvangirai, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) and other important sites have also been provided.