By Audience Mutema
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday promised to facilitate the empowerment of local women in the socio-economic and political spheres.
He made the remarks during a breakfast meeting organised by the Professional Women Executives and Business Women’s Forum (PROWEB) in Harare.
“…My government will continue to introduce instruments to enhance women’s access to finance at low cost,” he said.
The President said he launched the Zimbabwe Women’s Micro-Finance Bank (ZWMB) June this year to increase availability of credit finance to women.
“As government, we are determined to increase women’s involvement in the mainstream economy,” he said.
“I urge all women in Zimbabwe to be industrious, restless and active in pursuit of the multi-faceted trade and investment opportunities that have become more abound in the Second Republic.”
Mnangagwa encouraged women to participate in mining especially gold and diamond as government has set plans to introduce them to the mining of the two precious minerals.
He continued, “I encourage more women to explore and exploit the immense opportunities in mining, agriculture, financial services, energy, ICTs, infrastructure development, tourism among other sectors.”
Mnangagwa also invited all Zimbabwean business women based abroad to return home and help in rebuilding the country’s economy.
“I also invite all women in the Diaspora with particular skills and expertise to return home and help in the rebuilding of our country,” he said.
“Let us turn what was once brain drain, into brain gain for the good of our motherland.”
PROWEB Business Women in April 2018 were part of President Mnangagwa’s delegation to China for the Zimbabwe-China Business Investment Forum.