All is set for the 3rd edition of Local Government Investment Conference (LOGIC) which starts tomorrow in Bulawayo at the ZITF grounds with over 400 delegates having so far confirmed attendance.

The conference, which comes at a time when the second republic has opened up Zimbabwe for business, will be in two parts; the conference where presentations are made and the expo where companies take up stands to exhibit their products and services at the same time attracting investment.

LOGIC Secretary General, Livison Mutekede said the conference is being driven by the Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra and as local authorities are the engines for economic development, they are moving towards achieving the government’s 2030 vision.

“We are looking at investment mainly in housing, energy, water and sanitation. Those are the key areas that our local authorities are here to actually market to the potential investors. The conference is important because by improving our investment climate, we will create a good business environment and that means creation of employment for our people in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s vision to create a middle income by 2030,” he said.

This year’s conference is expected to surpass previous editions in all respects as interest in the event has increased with international speakers, potential investors from Italy, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, and over 70 exhibitors set to grace the event.

An inter-ministerial roundtable discussion on the government’s policies on local authorities support will be held on tomorrow.

The conference is running under the theme: ‘Local Authorities: Ready for Investment.”