All roads in the United States of America lead to the west coast this weekend as Zimbabweans are expected to converge in Los Angeles, California, where they are staging the annual ZimExpo from Friday to Monday.
One of the ZimExpo directors, Simbarashe Usore, says the purpose of the show is to afford Zimbabweans an opportunity to meet and mingle while enjoying a host of activities such as the popular Business Expo, Miss Zimbabwe U.S.A Pageant, beach soccer, and many more.
"The ZimExpo has been going on every year, as you rightly put it, it's the 15th year. First time it was started the whole idea was to have a platform where Zimbabwean businesses can network. But over the years it has evolved from being a business network only to a network for individuals to get to meet, a time where Zimbabweans can network one-on-one at the ZimExpo," Usore says.
Each year the organizers bring a musician from home and this year they are bringing in Cynthia Mare, who recently won awards at the ZIMA Awards.
Contrary to some reports that the ZimExpo Business Consortium belongs to a certain political party, Usore says it is an apolitical and non-partisan equity firm focusing on business development, social empowerment, event management and equity investments.
"Here is something we want to make unequivocally clear, that we have never, we will never be and have never been associated with any political party, and that is not going to happen anytime soon," Usore adds.
He says their main objective is to foster relationships among Zimbabweans living in the diaspora, promote cooperation by sharing best practices as well as providing opportunities for community members to work together on common agendas and in the process promoting innovations.