The Herald (Harare)

9 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Mandel to Host Economic Indaba

MANDEL Training Centre, in partnership with Gordon Institute of Business, the business school of the University of Pretoria, will next month host Zimbabwe's Economic Outlook Symposium. The symposium will be held on February 7 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in the capital, event organisers said yesterday.

The symposium, now in its third year, is aimed at providing local companies with a global outlook to assist in strategy formulation for 2013.

It will provide a platform to discuss key issues affecting the global and Zimbabwean economy and businesses, against the background of lessons from last year's symposium.

The keynote speaker and guest of honour, Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Minister Tapiwa Mashakada, will deliberate on the theme "Leveraging Opportunities and Taming the Economic Jungle - Government Perspective".

Other speakers are DZHL chief executive Mr Anthony Mandiwanza, Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president Mr Kumbirai Katsande, Delta Corporation former chief executive Mr Joe Mtizwa, economist Professor Tony Hawkins, director and founder of AfrAsia Kingdom Mr Nigel Chanakira, chief executive of Southern and Central Africa Standard Bank Ms Pindi Nyandoro and Bankers' Association of Zimbabwe president Mr George Guvamatanga.

World Bank country representative Ms Nadia Piffaretti, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions president Mr Japhet Moyo and Mr Gwinyai Dzinesa of IFS Africa are also expected to make contributions.

"The theme for the 2013 Symposium is 'Leveraging Opportunities and Taming the Economic Jungle' with perspectives from the global, emerging markets and talent management", said Mr Johnson Manyakara, Mandel's chief executive.

"The 2012 symposium was a huge success. It should be bigger and better this year."

Last year, the symposium ran under the theme "Powering the Zimbabwean Economy for Sustainability".

It highlighted Government's economic forecast for the year with key issues impacting the economy locally and globally. It addressed the political environment, the energy situation and issues to do with access to capital and recapitalisation.

Registration for the 2013 symposium has already started.

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