President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses the diaspora community in Kigali, Rwanda

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says foreign direct investment inflows are beginning to trickle into the country in just three months after the advent of the new political dispensation in Zimbabwe.

Addressing the Diaspora group in Kigali, Rwanda minutes after he landed in the ‘land of a thousand hills’ as Rwanda is affectionately called by its nationals, the President explained that the new dispensation’s mantra that Zimbabwe is open for business has generated a lot of interest among investors with special interest in the mining sector headed by Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga.

He said the 1st quarter of 2018 recorded a significant amount that should increase significantly during the course of the year as more investors start acting on the pledges.

Cde Mnangagwa also implored the diasporans to organise themselves into interest groups that will be able to engage government in an organised manner in contributing to the development of their motherland.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo informed the diasporans that government is setting up a diasporan desk in every embassy or consulate to facilitate the participation of the group in national development.

On a political note, the President has bemoaned the low participation of women professionals in parliament and other political national duties.

He said it is unfortunate there are very few women in the current cabinet and that he would want to see more female professional women taking part in politics and in parliament.

He said while it is desirable to see more professional educated women leading in politics, it is surprising some of those women who are illiterate or have little education are more willing to try politics.

 Industry Commerce and Enterprise Development Minister Dr Mike Bimha chipped in saying the professional women are more willing to lead in the private sector where they derive more benefits than in government.

The Zimbabwean diasporans in Rwanda were drawn mainly from the professional world such aviation, engineering, forestry, education and health and they raised various issues relating to reforestation, the need to tap into solar energy and the need for the state of-the-art hospitals in Zimbabwe to save the scarce foreign currency needed when Zimbabweans seek medical assistance from other countries outside Zimbabwe.