NECF/ZITF Biz conference to focus on trade

Hon. Minister Chinamasa

Hon. Minister Chinamasa

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ECONOMIC think-tank, the National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) in conjunction with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), will host an international business conference aimed at locating ways of stimulating exports.

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The conference, which will be held on April 29, will run concurrently with the 2015 edition of the ZITF.

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Zimbabwe is actively looking for ways of improving its trade balance.

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Last year, the country’s trade deficit topped US$3 billion.

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This year’s business conference will run under the theme “Stimulating exports – seizing opportunities to accelerate growth under ZimAsset”.

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Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be the guest of honour.

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Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa and various captains of industry are also expected to make presentations.

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The NECF believes this year’s conference will try to explore conditions that are conducive for trade.

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“In an open economy like Zimbabwe, where trade is one of the major drivers of economic growth, survival therefore requires export-orientation and international competitiveness.

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“Trade provides opportunities for businesses and enterprises to expand their production and create more and better jobs,” said NECF.