Zim delegation visits Coega for tips on starting own IDZ

27 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917300

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Zim delegation visits Coega for tips on starting own IDZ
GLOBAL NETWORK: CDC CEO Pepi Silinga (front) hosting the Hon Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, Provincial Minister of Manicaland (front right) leading a delegation from Zimbabwe including Bulawayo SEZ, Beitbridge SEZ & Baobab organisation. In the image, the delegation is joined by the CDC personnel

A delegation from Zimbabwe visited the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) recently for some insights into starting up a similar zone in the country's Manicaland province.

“As Africans we are educated enough to resolve our own challenges,” said Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, Provincial Minister of Manicaland emphasised during discussions with Coega Development Corporation (CDC) members.

The delegation was hosted at the CDC head office in Port Elizabeth over its two-day visit.

"We have brilliant ideas however the challenge we face is the implementation of those ideas, we would like the Coega SEZ to assist us in championing this goal as one of the leading SEZs in Africa,” Gwaradzimba said.

In the past year, Zimbabwe has promulgated six (SEZs throughout the country.

Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Unit Head Marketing, Brand and Communication said the visit complimented the CDC’s commitment to regional integration. "As such, the CDC has extended its interest as an infrastructure implementing agent.

“Our involvement in the rest of the African continent forms part of the South African President - Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to promote the development and economic integration of the African Continent,” Vilikazi said.

Dr Siyabonga Simayi, CDC Programme Director, said, “We look forward to working with the delegation from Zimbabwe, and further expanding our expertise to the greater African continent.”

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