ICAZ opens in winter school in sunny Dubai… pledges to reshape Zim’s economic direction

Bothwell Nyajeka, the new president of ICAZ.

Bothwell Nyajeka, ICAZ president

DUBAI, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) say it aims to put Zimbabwe on the global map and make the country competitive in order to attract foreign direct investment as well as boosting international tourists.

In his opening remarks at its annual winter school in Dubai, ICAZ President Bothwell Nyajeka told delegates representing 18 countries yesterday that it is the duty of Zimbabwean accounting professionals all over the worldwide to play a part in reviving Zimbabwe’s economic growth potential.

“We are here to learn and get inspired to reshape the economic direction of our country as well as to be inspired to attract foreign direct investment and tourists,” he said.

He said the conference therefore presents an opportunity to see, learn and act.

“We need to make Zimbabwe wonderful and it is our duty to make it work. Forums like these enable us to exercise our minds, think and come up with solutions for Zimbabwe,” he said.

18 countries from across Africa, Europe and Asia are represented at the meeting. These include the UAE, Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, South Africa, Canada, Nigeria, Myanmar, France, Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

It is running under the theme “Expanding minds, elevating minds, Unlocking Zimbabwe’s tourism and investment potential”,

ICAZ United Arab Emirates chapter chair Bernard Tapera said the Dubai conference will place Zimbabwe on the world map and proffer its competitiveness to the world.

“While the world has been talking of Cecil the lion, it is now an opportunity to make the same noise on a different perspective,” he said.

Deloitte’s Tawanda Gumbo who is based in Nigeria said the globalisation of Zimbabwe’s intellectual accounting should offer solutions to the current country’s economic status.

Several speakers including Tourism and Hospitality Minister, Walter Mzembi, Industry and Commerce Minister, Michael Bimha, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe deputy governor, Kupukile Mlambo, Zimbabwe Investment Authority chairman, Nigel Chanakira and Former African Sun chief executive officer, Shingi Munyeza are lined up to present papers at the event which runs until today (Monday 10) . FinX