As the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra becomes louder, women in business have been called upon to focus on establishing viable business ventures that contribute to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), thereby reviving the economy.
Women entrepreneurs in the Midlands Province are already organising themselves to promote business interactions that are in line with the aspirations of the new government.
Addressing the women in business coalition, guest of honour, the Minister of Women and Youth Affairs, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni encouraged the women to come up with businesses that contribute to economic recovery.
“As women in business, the onus is upon us to be co-drivers and benefactors of Zimbabwe’s economic development process. It is important that we are recognised not as workers in the field but as producers in the agricultural, mining and manufacturing sectors. For women, the only way of attaining economic empowerment is the transition from owning small income generating sectors to being fully fledged business women who own trust companies and manufacturing factories with the goal of supporting each other as women to grow the country’s economy,” said Cde Nyoni.
In his welcoming remarks, the Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs, Cde Owen Ncube applauded the women in business coalition for supporting and working together in creating synergies that stimulate economic revival and growth.
“I would like to congratulate all of you for your efforts in trying to revive the economy of Zimbabwe. As you all know, behind every successful man there is a woman. I want to advise you that behind every successful country there are successful business women. Let us stay focused and commit to making Zimbabwe open and attractive for investors. Let us unite, press for progress and ensure the growth of the economy,” said Cde Ncube.
Women in business coalition is a group of businesswomen from the Midlands province, who seek to motivate, promote and create business linkages that resonate with the aspirations of President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa.