A LOCAL company, Innoctec has organised a high-level business meeting in Bulawayo that will bring politicians and captains of industry together as part of seeking ways to promote economic growth in the city.

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United Refineries chief executive officer Mr Busisa Moyo

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In a statement, Innotec which is working with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, said the Breakfast Business Forum will be held at ahotel in Bulawayo on Thursday.

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“The Breakfast Business Forum is a monthly business enhancement event which will be held every first Thursday of the month. It will receive live radio coverage in an effort to involve a wider audience,” said Innotec.

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The company said the forum will offer new programmes focusing on uncovering opportunities by sharing knowledge on resources in Bulawayo, expertise and market intelligence from various sectors.

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It said those expected to grace the occasion include Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo and Mayor Councillor Martin Moyo.

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Captains of industry expected to attend include Zesa western region general manager Engineer Lovemore Chinaka, National Railways of Zimbabwe spokesman Mr Fanuel Masikati, Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president and United Refineries chief executive officer Mr Busisa Moyo.

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Cold Storage Company board chairman Professor Lindela Ndlovu, PPC managing director Mr Njombo Lekula, Datlabs chief executive officer Mr Todd Moyo, Mr James Ross Goddard of JR Goddard, Lobels general manager Mr Dumisani Mhlanga are also expected to attend among many other company executives in the city.

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Innotec said discussions will be held in a three session format which will provide interested groups the opportunity to focus on specific topics and debate issues that affect the business landscape.

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“Session One will seek an articulation of Government’s socio-economic vision for Bulawayo, strategies for survival and growth, and will discuss the role of Government, its departments and agencies, Local Authority, Parastatals and State-owned Enterprises in Bulawayo’s economic matrix,” said Innotec.

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The second session, added the company, will centre on operational challenges faced by Bulawayo businesses.

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“These have been discussed over the years in different forums, but the challenges still persist. However, there are companies that have survived the harshest economic conditions and continue to perform reasonably well. This session will focus on possible internal operational weaknesses and suggest possible solutions.”

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Innotec said the last session will focus on the province’s potential.

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“Because of its location, Bulawayo plays an important role not only in the national economy, but of the Sadc region as well. Focus will be on how best Bulawayo businesses can leverage their province’s position in the national and regional economy for survival and growth.”

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