Zimbabwe host Turkish businesses for trade expo
The Confederation of Zimbabwean Industrialist (CZI) held a two day business forum and expo in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, to promote trade and investment with the southern African country.
The CZI conference was attended by government delegates and business people from Zimbabwe, and foreign diplomats and businessmen from Botswana, Namibia and Turkey.
Dr. Joseph Kanyekanye, President of the CZI, officially opened the business seminar, which took place from 27-28 March 2012.
Zimbabwe’s Minister of Regional Integration and International Cooperation, Priscilla Mushonga, and Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Walter Muzembi both delivered the key note addresses at the expo.
Turkish business society, Ihsander, a member of the TUSKON business confederation, attended the CZI international business expo with 17 delegates from various industries.
In addition, the South African Turkish Business Association (SATBA), where also represented by two of its members.
The CZI used the expo as an opportunity to showcase Zimbabwe’s investment and business opportunities.
CZI president, Joseph Kanyekanye said that the business expo had opened doors for Zimbabwean companies to build partnerships with Turkish businessmen and industrialists.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Kemal Demirciler, told state run ZBC News that his country has experienced economic growth in the past 10 years, which has been aided by strong trade ties with markets in Central Asia, Europe and now Africa, which Turkey sees as a potential trading partner.
“We want to know Zimbabwe, its resources, business opportunities and collaboration in investment and trade,” said Ambassador Demirciler.
Turkish businessmen attending the business expo included representatives from the mining, textile and agricultural sectors.
During the business to business meetings, a Zimbabwean maize flour producer signed an agreement with a Turkish agricultural company.
The CZI international business conference and expo was also attended by at least 200 Zimbabwean companies and businesses. Business representatives from Botswana and Namibia were also in attendance.
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