Harare Dreams of Regional Economic Hub Status
City of Harare has moved to re-position itself as the best investment destination and economic hub in the region following the hosting of an Investment Conference meant to interface and share ideas with potential investors in line with government’s “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra.
Addressing delegates at Investment Conference in Harare today, Acting Town Clerk, Engineer Hosiah Chisango said City of Harare is in full support of the government’s ‘Zimbabwe is open for Business’ mantra and has added the line ‘Harare is ready for investment.’
“City of Harare is in full support of the government mantra ‘Zimbabwe is open for Business’ we have added our own to say Harare is ready for investment
“We have decided to reposition our city as the best investment destination and economic hub in the region that is why we have activated all our structures to positively respond to investments.
“We have reformed our ease of doing business model to suit our investors and compete with any other city in the world, now we have an investment policy buttressed by several incentives depending on the magnitude of investment,” said Chisango.
He added that the investment conference was organized to explain on investment areas while providing those interesting with information from council management and stakeholders.
“The purpose of this investment conference ladies and gentlemen is to confirm your investment areas of interest and get as much information as possible from the council management and stakeholders here present.
To create a database for the City’s potential investors in key areas that will change the face of Harare. To answer some pertinent questions regarding investment opportunities in Harare. To possibly start the investment process for those who find it appealing to invest in Harare,” added Chisango.
He added that City of Harare has opened a one stop housing Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, TelOne and Physical planning among other government departments which he said has brought about speedy, efficiency and transparency in the approval of plans.
“We have also set a one stop shop for the approval of layout plans where all stakeholders that include ZESA, TELONE, EMA, Physical Planning and the city’s internal departments sit together in one meeting to approve the plans. This has brought about speedy, efficiency and transparency. We are happy so are the customers who have given feedback,” said Chisango.
Harare’s Investment Conference was attended by council management, leaders of goverment agencies including Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Zimbabwe Investment Authority and many others.