The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: VP Mujuru Back From Dubai Tour

Vice President Joice Mujuru arrived back in the country yesterday from the United Arab Emirates where she attended the 3rd Horasis Global Arab Business meeting. Speaking shortly before take off at Dubai International Airport, VP Mujuru described the meeting which was held in Ras Al Khaimah as having opened more doors for investment opportunities in Zimbabwe.

She said although the meeting had been held just for two days, it had yielded more positive results for the country than weeks of discussion.

VP Mujuru said that the delegation to United Arab Emirates had gone there with a certain shopping list of investment opportunities, but more had been offered by the Arab counterparts.

She said that various rich people in the United Arab Emirates had shown great interest for business investments in Zimbabwe for mutually beneficial partnerships.

"We were actually saying what an impressive 48-hour-journey, because of our 48-hour-journey, I think what we have achieved is more than the trips that we have done for more than weeks," said VP Mujuru.

"Like when we came, because it was a conference on investment, we came with our basket, we came with our shopping list and for that shopping list, we were met with a lot of enthusiasm.

"We also saw that they were now trying to build a new crop of youths with entrepreneurial skills and this is something that we also want to do at home."

VP Mujuru said the new friendship that is being created between Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates would also help local agricultural programmes.

"What is it which we can supply to this market because it is un-chartered waters, undisturbed waters, what is it that we can do?" she said.

"They were saying yes we can do the mini hydros, but we can also do the bigger ones, the actual hydros that can give you more in terms of voltage for energy that you want to use, so this is what is going to happen to our country."

The Global Arab Business meeting started on Sunday and ended on Monday with a dinner hosted by the Crown Prince of Ras Khaimah, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi at the exquisite Al Hamra Palace Hotel. Making his closing statements at the dinner termed "The Middle East at the Crossroads", the Minister and Senior Economic Adviser to the President of Afghanistan, Sham Bathija said despite the problems which his country faced, it was poised for growth.

He said his government was going through a process of rebuilding as they were looking at ways of incorporating women in the business system.

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