Breaking News

Mnangagwa ducks CEO Africa roundtable

by Staff reporter
16 February 2019 | 341 Views
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday ducked the prestigious CEO Africa round table conference, which ran over the past three days in Victoria Falls.

Over 300 business leaders from across the continent had descended on the tourist resort to discuss means and ways of extricating the region from further economic malaise.

Mnangagwa was billed to deliver a keynote address at the conference.

Expectation was high that he would explain his administration's efforts to turn around the country's economic fortunes to top company chefs from outside the country, seen as key in luring investment into the country.

He was also expected to reach out to African businesses through his "Zimbabwe is open for business mantra."

The Zanu-PF leader stands accused of skipping Africa in his investment promotion drive, with some critics opining he has been expending much of his energy on the international markets, who have not materially answered his clarion call for investment into Zimbabwe.

The conference, it was hoped, would have helped Mnangagwa convince the African CEOs that their enterprises could also play a role in assisting Zimbabwe's economic revival.
However, despite all the expectations, the President did not turn up for the engagement, much to the chagrin of the organizers.

A disappointed CEO Africa round table chairman, Oswell Binha, told NewsDay Weekender yesterday that his organisation was advised "at the last minute" that there were technicalities that had resulted in Mnangagwa failing to attend.

"As the Round Table, we have hosted the President before. The process and procedure we followed this year is the same that we followed last year. We were then advised that we had not followed the correct process," Binha
said.
He added that the advice, which was given, was that Mnangagwa's invitation to officiate at the business leaders' conference should have been wired via the Industry and Commerce ministry, headed by Mangaliso Ndlovu.

Ironically, Ndlovu had also been scheduled to address the conference alongside his Finance counterpart, Mthuli Ncube, but both were in no-show at the event.

"The advice we got, albeit at the last minute, was that we were supposed to have gone through the office of the parent ministry," Binha said.

He added: "Obviously, I would like to confirm that a few processes have gone on in the context of trying to correct that mistake.




"Because of the time constraints between the time we had to correct that mistake and the time for the conference, we seem not to have had a decision in our favour. However, some developments seem to worry us. It appears we are bogged down on the processes on how we should have done things than the issues at hand that we have to deal with as a nation and at a conference of this nature."

Binha said it was the CEOs' legitimate expectation that Mnangagwa would find the time to attend and interact with business leaders as he had done in the past.

He said the CEOs, being decision-makers, were an important component in the economic turnaround efforts of the Zimbabwean government.

Shying away from them, Binha added, would stand to cost government of the rich views the sector has towards the economy.

"For us, this engagement has nothing to do with personalities or disrespecting the Office of the President and Cabinet," he said.

"This is about issues. We are hosting the most critical component of Zimbabwe's productive sector, and the quality of delegates who came to this year's round table is amazing. It is naive on our part not to advise government that missing such an important part is a disservice both to their programmes and to national service."

He also said government should be aware that Mnangagwa's decision to "run away" from the private sector would not silence the players in the sector from pointing out shortfalls from government corridors.

"This is my clarion call to government. Private sector does not stop its programmes because public sector employees have not responded to their invitation," Bimha said.

"It does not undermine the quality of debates around the issues. It does not eradicate the issues. It's not about personalities. It's about national interest.

"So if the public service employees around the president want to be an impediment to access to the president, it must be an issue of concern to him. We need him. He needs us.
You do not need to create a situation where you consistently want to listen to your own voices. We don't need to like each other to work with each other."

Mnanagwa CEO Vic Falls

Source: newsday

Comments

Latest News

BREAKING: RBZ speaks on fuel prices

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 4 Views

'Arrest Nelson Chamisa' says ZANU PF Youth

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 3 Views

Obert Gutu defiant...vows to takeover MDC property

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 1 Views

'Mnangagwa will not finish his term of office'

by Staff reporter | 20 May 2019 | 1 Views

EXTRACT: The men who helped Chiwenga to execute the coup

by Douglas Rodgers | 20 May 2019 | 5 Views

Herald-Newsday fight escalates

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 2 Views

Chamisa threatens

by Staff reporter | 20 May 2019 | 6 Views

Ecocash scam exposed...CEO blocks Lumumba's partner

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 7 Views

WATCH: Prophet uses spiritual coat hanger to restore marriage

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 7 Views

Load shedding and the long fuel queues

by Dr Masimba Mavaza | 20 May 2019 | 1 Views

Trevor Ncube sings Fortune Chasi praises

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 10 Views

Mliswa tells Mnangagwa to emulate Mugabe

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 6 Views

CIOs spy on Zimbabweans in South Africa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 8 Views

Google to remove Android from Huawei

by Mandla Ndlovu | 20 May 2019 | 3 Views

Chamisa warns of dark cloud over Zimbabwe

by ZimLive | 20 May 2019 | 7 Views

Biti vows Chamisa loyalty

by newzimbabwe | 20 May 2019 | 2 Views

Chamisa urges followers not to panic over court ruling

by Staff reporter | 20 May 2019 | 2 Views

Mnangagwa won't last 5 years, says Chamisa

by Staff reporter | 20 May 2019 | 10 Views

Mnangagwa's govt recognises MDC's 2014 structures

by Staff reporter | 20 May 2019 | 2 Views

Division: Last thing ZCTU needs at the moment

by Editorial - Newsday | 20 May 2019 | 1 Views

Entertainment

Muridzo rubbishes critics

by Simbarashe Sithole | 20 May 2019 | 1 Views

Nigerian to play Mugabe role in forthcoming movie

by Staff reporter | 18 May 2019 | 1914 Views

Malunga quits sex

by Staff reporter | 15 May 2019 | 6931 Views

I didn't ride on Tuku's fame, says Selmor

by Staff reporter | 14 May 2019 | 2104 Views

Tsholotsho girl shines in SA - DYNAMITE comes in small packages is the...

by Staff reporter | 13 May 2019 | 2379 Views

Jah Prayzah ditches anything associated with Mnangagwa's army

by Staff reporter | 12 May 2019 | 4218 Views

The rising popularity of Maskandi artists in Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 12 May 2019 | 1955 Views

WATCH: Oliver Mtukudzi's widow singing Paunapopo

by Mandla Ndlovu | 01 May 2019 | 22994 Views