Organizers of the 2011 Zimbabwe Expo held in Cincinnati over the weekend are calling the event a success, pointing to the official launch of the Zimbabwe Business Network International and discussions of the country's ongoing indigenization program.
Representatives of the Affirmative Action Group made a presentation on U.S and other western sanctions and sought signatures on a petition against such sanctions targeting President Robert Mugabe and other senior ZANU-PF officials.
Campaigners against the sanctions say they are hurting ordinary Zimbabweans. But most economists say the impact of sanctions is mainly on the individuals targeted by the United States, the European Union and other Western countries over human rights issues.
Zimbabwe Business Network International Managing Director Esau Mavindidze said the 2011 ZimExpo was particularly important because it marked 10 years of the event.