Business Leadership & Enterprise Competitiveness Summit

2018 Theme – “Expanding Access to New Markets”

Most Zimbabwean businesses whose sole market is domestic have experienced low sales volumes due to depressed demand, competition from imports, low liquidity and various other macro-economic challenges. These Enterprises must now graduate from local dominance to regional and international markets. Local Business Leaders must leave the shore to discover opportunity in the ocean.

Present circumstances do not determine where one can go; they merely indicate where you can start. As Business Leaders, we are all faced with a series of great opportunities disguised as unsolvable problems. A look at the national export basket, it is clear that Zimbabwean businesses are losing out on exports to the 60 percent of regional markets whose intra-SADC import bill has a potential market of US$14 billion, and financing facilities available to partnerships through FDI inflows which stood at US$11,3 billion in 2012 and have had average inflows of US$12,2 billion since 2009.

SADC as a market has numerous opportunities. It contributes a GDP of US$647 billion, representing 32,1 percent of total African GDP. The SADC region is also home to 285 million people constituting 27,2 percent of Africa’s population. Intra-regional trade stands at US$23,5 billion of which Zimbabwe contributes 1,8 percent of total trade.

If more Zimbabwean businesses leverage on the various instruments enacted to encourage intra-regional trade, their trades will grow given the available regional opportunities. There is no passion to be found in playing small, settling for less than a business can attain. Any such business looking for regional markets (which is the way to go any way due to globalisation) has to leverage on the Free Trade Agreements to be competitive.

The 2018 Summit will share various strategic alliance opportunities, training and support programmes available for businesses to enter new markets intelligently and optimise return on initial investment.

Topics to be discussed

1. Developing a Global mindset to meet realities of the new Global marketplace.
2. Integrating Enterprise production & services into Global Value Chains.
3. Graduating from Local dominance to Regional and International markets.
4. Export law reforms; Opportunities and Challenges to support export-driven Enterprises.
5. Financing Options for expansion into export markets.

Date

22 March 2018

Time

0830 -1630 hrs

Venue

Meikles Hotel, Harare

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is currently the Deputy Minister of Finance & Economic Development in the Government of Zimbabwe, and an elected Member of Parliament for Harare East constituency. Prior to taking up his current role in Government, Hon Mukupe, worked in the Private sector in various leadership capacities.......

is the Special Advisor to His Excellency, President Mnangagwa. He is Chairman of the War Veterans. Prior to his new appointment he served in Government as a Cabinet Minister and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. His dedication to Zimbabwe has seen his executing roles in......

is the currently the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Prior to leading the central he lead diversified financial services group CBZ Holdings as its Group CEO. He has served in various leadership roles in the International Banking arena most notably with Afreximbank. Dr......

has over 23 years’ experience in diverse roles and geographies in the business sector spanning Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and USA. Having worked in the legal field as an associate attorney at a Harare law firm, Charles joined The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in 1992 and worked......

is the incumbent President of the Confederation of Zimbabwean Industries. He is an accomplished industrialist and business leader from the protective covering and clothing sector. Under his leadership at CZI he has been championing advocacy for the reforms target at ease and cost of doing......

was born in Zimbabwe during the civil war, which catapulted him into an era of social change and the birth of cultural integration in the country which he was raised and loves. As a young entrepreneur Ken founded the West Group, a FMCG importer and......

joined the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society in February 2015 after a two-year stint as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Ariston Holdings where he is now a non-Executive Director. He sits on more than 5 Boards currently and, cumulatively has served on more than 20......

is a 34 year serial tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Group CEO of Astro Mobile, and African Tech company that has operates in 5 different African countries namely Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The company designs, manufactures and sells Mobile Phones,......

is a free lance writer based in Johannesburg. He has covered African affairs for the past 30 years across the print and broadcast media working for both regional and international news organisations. Previously, Godfrey was Chief Editor of CNBC Africa and before that spent a......

Divine Ndhlukula from humble beginnings, founded SECURICO SECURITY SERVICES in 1999 in her backyard cottage. She started off with four employees and the company has now grown to over 3500 employees. Through hard work, determination and focus, Divine has built the company to become a......

is a distinguished scholar who obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Geography from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS) in 1967. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Imperial History from the University of London in 1972.A celebrated historian......

is the Chairman of the ZimTrade Board to which he was appointed in October 2014. Currently, he is the President and Fellow of the Southern Africa Institute of Marketing (SAIM). Mr. Jena holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Zimbabwe......

is a banker who possess a wide repertoire of skills, competencies and knowledge in the financial sector acquired from over 20 years of experience in areas of offering financial solutions to clients in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises segment as well as other related segments.......

is Founder and Managing Director of Oxygen Africa, a Zimbabwean renewable energy development company focused on solar photovoltaic projects. Oxygen is currently developing a pipeline of commercial and industrial rooftop solar projects with Old Mutual Property Zimbabwe, the largest property investment managers in Zimbabwe, together......

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