The government has appealed to ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe to encourage investors in their home countries to take advantage of the vast business opportunities offered by the country’s multi- billion water infrastructure.
Zimbabwe has and continues to invest in its water infrastructure projects, an avenue that investors can ride upon to foster development.
Addressing development partners and stakeholders during her meeting with ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Oppah Muchinguri – Kashiri said the government alone cannot fully exploit the opportunities created by these vast water bodies, hence the need to engage investors from other nations.
“To make our projects more bankable and attractive to investors, the government has provided incentives to investors such as land for agriculture and tourism for them to recoup their investment over a reasonable timeframe,” she said.
Stakeholders in attendance were in agreement that the investment poured by Zimbabwe’s government towards water infrastructure should be supported.
“The Indonesian government is committed to the development of any African nation and it is a big opportunity for us to invest in Zimbabwe,” a representative of the Indonesian embassy, Mr Hutomo Bayu Listyaghi said.
Mr Mohamed Ag Ayoya of UNICEF and Mr Boniface Osimua Yakubu Aleobua from the African Development Bank also promised to continue with their current projects in the country.
The meeting comes in the wake of the World Water Day to be commemorated this Thursday the 22nd of March and the Water Infrastructure Investment Conference set for this April.
The World Water Day commemorations will be run under the theme: ‘Nature for Water.”