. . . November target for conference centre
PRESIDENTIAL Envoy and Ambassador to the Americas and Europe, Uebert Angel is targeting to complete a 6 400-seater Harare Hippodrome by end of November.
It will become the largest such facility in Zimbabwe and is part of a multi-million-dollar project that also has the Beethoven Hotel with 40 executive rooms, boosting Zimbabwe’s competitiveness as a prime tourism destination and a host of mega meetings, conferences and exhibitions President ED Mnangagwa led the ground-breaking ceremony at the Braeside location on Friday morning and said the project is an example of what Zimbabweans can achieve when they work under a common vision as this harnesses the diverse strengths and competencies of all citizens, both at home and abroad, to spur economic development.
Speaking at the event, President Mnangagwa applauded Ambassador Angel, his wife Beverley and their partners for the investment.
“As we mark 41 years of independence, and looking into the future, Government will not shy away from harnessing the diverse and unique strengths, competencies and networks of our nationals both at home and in the Diaspora, to achieve the objectives of the National Strategy Development 1 and ultimately Vision 2030,” he said.
“This is indeed a welcome development, which will contribute to the achievement of the objectives outlined in the National Tourism Recovery and Growth Strategy, with regards to tourism infrastructure development.
“Government continues to accelerate the implementation and completion of projects meant to precipitate tourism growth. Key flagships such as the opening of tourism corridors in Matabeleland North, Masvingo and Mashonaland Central provinces, among others, are on course.
Furthermore, the focus on sustainable incentives and strategies to unlock dividends from Zimbabwean Diaspora Tourism Promotion Programme is underway,” he said.
Ambassador Uebert Angel and wife Beverly
Ambassador Angel praised the President for creating investment opportunities through the ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business’ mantra adding that the project shows that Zimbabweans could also contribute to the growth of the economy without relying on foreigners.