Potential investors have been urged to set up and grow their business ventures in the Midlands Province which presents unique business opportunities in various sectors of the economy.

The remarks were made by the Midlands Minister of State, Cde Owen Ncube when he official opened the Business Investment Opportunity and Public Private Partnership Conference in Gweru.

Delegates drawn from various sectors of the economy attended the meeting to discuss existing and new opportunities that the province presents.

“Midlands is one province endowed with rich natural resources notably minerals such as gold, platinum, chrome and even diamonds. It also used to be the hub of industrial activities with companies such as Zim Glass, Caridorn Abrasives, Zimcast  and the giant steel, ZISCO STEEL. So there is a lot of potential for investment in the tourism industry, construction and financial investors, among other sectors. The province has comparative advantage in terms of its centrality in the country. Investors, we are inviting you to create capital or goods capable of producing services in the sector and earn high profits as we revive and grow the economy,” said Minister Ncube.

Presenting his piece on tourism for the province, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Operating Officer, Mr Givemore Chidzidzi said the province is lagging behind in tourism.

“The province has been lagging behind in terms of tourism. Why can’t the province be the Dubai of Zimbabwe? It should make use of its position of being the centre,” he said.

Agriculture and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) Chairman, Mr Basil Nyabadza noted that it is imperative that each province is self sufficient and focused more on business rather than politics.

“Each province should be self sufficient and produce its own food rather than depending on other provinces for crops and food that they can produce. As a country, the President is saying we are open for business and we would want the national broadcaster to reflect that message that Zimbabwe is open for business. We appeal to you ZBC to give more time to business not politics. The President’s message is not politics but business so reflect that message,” he said.    

The investment conference was graced by legislators from across the political divide, traditional leaders, captains of industry and members of the Zanu PF Politburo and Central Committee.