Critics say Zimbabwe is unlikely to benefit from the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan, which will be attended by President Robert Mugabe.
They argue that President Robert Mugabe has attended a lot of international conferences in the past 34 years but there are no tangible benefits.
The conference, which starts Saturday and ends Tuesday, will focus on ways of managing man-made and natural disasters.
Roderick Fayayo of the Bulawayo Progressive Residents’ Association told VOA Studio 7 the president’s trip is a waste of taxpayers’ money.
But Zanu PF activist and political commentator, Morris Ngwenya, says Zimbabwe is expected to benefit from the international conference.