13 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Financial Reporting Workshop Starts

This year's two-day Delta Corporation Financial Reporting Workshop for journalists begins in Kadoma tomorrow. The workshop will be facilitated by Godfrey Mutizwa, a seasoned journalist with experience spanning across the full media spectrum. He has worked for both electronic and print media organisations and news agencies. He is currently the chief editor responsible for editorial direction at CNBC Africa.

Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe chief executive Mr Tafadzwa Chinamo, an accomplished investment analyst and manager, will once again grace the workshop this year focusing on the stock exchange demerger and other matters affecting trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

Joining the panel for the first time this year is Mr Rodney Ndamba, an expert on sustainable development. He is the founder of the Institute for Sustainability Africa, formerly Centre for Environmental Accountability and has worked in finance and management roles in Zimbabwe and UK.

"In line with our vision to grow this workshop, we are excited and humbled to note that the workshop continues to attract participants from across the nation. On our part, we will continue to scout for experts who are likely to positively impact on financial reporting skills development in line with global trends," said Mr George Mutendadzamera, Delta Corporation's director for corporate affairs.

"An even larger number is expected to attend this year. Enquiries are already flowing from the media fraternity and we are naturally excited by this show of interest," said Mr Mutendadzamera.

Last year's workshop attracted more than 40 journalists from throughout the country. The speakers were highly reputable and experienced media and business experts who engaged the participants in both theoretical and practical exercises to enhance their appreciation in financial reporting.

"Given the opening up of the world through the Internet and other high-speed communication channels, we believe it is vital that our business reporting matches or even exceeds other international reports as our business reporters will be benchmarked against the world. Our key objective of the workshop remains the improvement of financial reporting skills in Zimbabwe.

"We also believe this workshop will encourage a lot more journalists to go into financial reporting, at the same time adding value to the Financial Reporter of the Year Awards at the annual National Journalistic and Media Awards.

"We know this is a journey and as such we remain committed to the continuous improvement of our journalists and with time, we will boast more seasoned financial reporters at the same time bringing freshmen into the programme," added Mr Mutendadzamera.

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