by Christine Lethokuhle Mabhena in Bulawayo
A Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) delegation is set to visit Belarus in August this year following the hosting of a successful Zim-Belarus business networking forum in Bulawayo on the sidelines of the ongoing Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).
Addressing delegates at the network business forum, ZNCC President, Mr Tamuka Macheka said, "In August 2019, I will lead a delegation of business persons to Belarus. Probably we will also incorporate Russia."
ZNCC represented by its president and the Belarus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Vladmir Ulakhovich signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of the two business bodies.
Mr Macheka also told the Belarussians that they came at a right time when the Government is implementing devolution.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Mr Ulakhovich said the "signing of the MOU is the beginning of the first step.
"We will be happy to welcome the Zimbabwe delegation in August this year."
The theme for the forum was "expanding horizons: dynamic solutions for economic turnaround."
Vice President, General (Rtd) Dr Constantino Guvheya Nyikadzino Chiwenga was the guest of honor at the occasion.
Speaking at the business forum, VP Chiwenga hailed the relationship between the two nations and urged business to make use of the platform.
"Let me hasten to say that Zimbabwe-Belarus business networking forum is a testimony to the strength and depth of the bilateral relations between our two great nations.
"The forum provides you with an opportunity to learn and share experiences, forge synergies and business partnerships, as you seek to expand your business horizons.
"The Zimbabwe-Belarus strategic cooperation dates back to April 1992, when the two sister nations began mutual exchange visits of Government delegations," said VP Chiwenga.
The visit by the Belarus business delegation comes against the backdrop of a visit by President Mnangagwa and the ZNCC delegation to Minsk, in January 2019.
VP Chiwenga also told the business forum that the Government of Zimbabwe is committed to engaging investors from the world to participate in various sectors of the economy.
Earlier on, VP Kembo Mohadi visited the Belarus Pavillion at the ZITF where various Belarussian products and services are being showcased.