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USA-Based Zimbabweans Urged to Invest Back Home

A 10-member high-powered business delegation which was visiting the United States last week ended its tour on a high note last Friday after meeting Zimbabweans living in America.

Charles Msipa, managing director of Schweppes, who was also the delegation head, told a business forum meeting organized by the Zimbabwe Diaspora Network North America (ZDNNA) in Washington DC that time was ripe for diasporans to explore business opportunities back home.

Msipa said there will make a follow-up on the visit with a view of ensuring that all issues that were raised are implemented in due course.

"We feel very inspired by the discussions we held with Zimbabweans in the diaspora and hope that the lines of communications we have opened will result in concrete deals on our return,” said Msipa.

Msipa said the delegation's visit to the United States was a step in the right direction in further strengthening ties between Zimbabwe and the U.S.

He said, "Our 10-day trade visit included meetings with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, government departments as well as diasporans and we are happy with the reception we received while in the United States.

"They are opportunities in infrastructure reconstruction, like roads, railways, water reticulation, transportation, telecommunications and others many of those are areas that Zimbabweans in the diaspora can take advantage of."

Addressing the business forum, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United States, Ammon Machingambi Mutembwa, urged diasporans to strengthen organisations like the ZDNNA as they provide a good platform for exchanging investment ideas in order to strengthen the country's economy.

Zimbabweans in the diaspora called on the delegation to ensure that they streamline the communication lines between those interested in doing business in nation and local businesses.