ZNCC has partnered UNDP on the Youth Conneckt Project which focuses on Entrepreneurship development - At least 300 young entrepreneurs supported with business training and support Skills development - for employability and enterprise
The Youth Conneckt project constitutes a Tour Bus awareness campaign using District structures as well as digital and print media. Since the beginning of July, the Branded ‘Youth Conneckt start-up tour bus’ has been travelling around the country (stopping at Provincial capitals in the first round) with mentors, innovators, trainers, internet, and business resources on board. The bus stops for 2 days at a time at each provincial centre providing training, mentorship and business plan support to young entrepreneurs for the first day. On the second day, participants get an opportunity to pitch their businesses in a Provincial competition.
Provincial winners will then be entered as finalists for the national pitching competition from which three winners will be selected, who will then receive additional prizes and an opportunity to attend the next Youth Conneckt Africa Summit. In addition to the prize, the top 5 businesses will be incubated at a local incubation hub with ongoing support from local mentors and experts.
ZNCC is providing training to the Youths on the topic “It’s ok to lean on others - Mentorship and business association networks”, with its Business Members also giving an insight of how they have made it in Business. The bus has travelled to Bindura, Gwanda, Masvingo, Chinhoyi, Mutare, Marondera, Harare and is currently in Gweru, before finally going to Lupane & Bulawayo and then return to Harare on September the 6th for the finals!!
ZNCC Matabeleland Marketing Manager Velile Dube before presenting on Mentorship in Gwanda
NATIONAL CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN
In cognisance of a declaration made by His Excellency that every first Friday of each calendar month is a National Clean-up Day, ZNCC Secretariat joined the Permanent Secretary & Directors in the Ministry of Industry and other Business Member Organisations in cleaning up the area surrounding Fife Avenue shopping Centre on the 5th of July 2019. The National Clean-up Day is in the spirit of creating a clean, safe and healthy environment and it is the duty of every individual across the country to clean up their surrounding areas between 8am and 10am
ZNCC, CZI, CEO ROUNDTABLE & Min of Industry & Commerce Teams taking part in the clean-up Campaign
COMESA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR & HIGH LEVEL BUSINESS SUMMIT: KENYA
The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) participated at the COMESA International Trade Fair and High level Business Summit that was held from the 17th to the 21st of July in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme “the Hallmark of Quality”. The event was hosted by the COMESA Business Council, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Export Promotion Council and the Government of Republic of Kenya. The highly interactive summit saw a number of presentations and topics being discussed and they included the Industry Roundtable which touched on Internationalising African Brands, Effectively Tackling Illicit Trade and Strengthening Industry Stability, Optimising Sustainable partnerships in Regional Agribusiness, Bridging the Gap-Digitalisation links borders. The Chamber was represented by the Chief Executive Officer Christopher Mugaga and the President Tamuka Macheka
ZNCC CEO extreme right: Participating on a panel discussion on Digitalization as a driver of Financial Inclusiveness in Africa and its role in increasing Intra- Regional Trade.
ENERGY BREAKFAST MEETING
Harare Branch held a breakfast meeting on the prevailing Energy Crisis at Meikles Hotel on the 29th of July 2019. The Breakfast Meeting saw the Deputy Minister of Energy & Power Development Hon. Magma Mudyiwa giving a keynote address in which she acknowledged that there is a crisis in the Energy Sector and how they are working tirelessly to address the issue. She implored upon business to share ideas on how to take care of the crisis. The Minister, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dr Gloria Magombo and the ZESA Chief Executive Engineer Patrick Chivaura spoke on the measures that they are taking to alleviate the crisis which are both short and long term. The panel discussion consisted experts in business who highlighted the issue on corruption, tariffs and openness as major factors to be addressed to help the situation.
from left: Hon. Mudyiwa, Eng. p. Chivaura, and Chris Mugaga
from left: B Muchemwa, Eng L Mukono, Dr G Magombo, M Kamungeremu and H Mazembe
WOMENS DESK: WECA 2019
The popular ZNCC Women’s Desk, Women in Enterprise, Conference & Awards is set to take place on Friday 20th September 2019 at Cresta Lodge Msasa. Previous WECA events have seen many women improve their enterprises through knowledge sharing, networking, and women being recognized in their different spheres of operation. WECA 20I9 Call for Nominations for the Women’s Awards is now open and the following Award Categories are in the running:
Agriculture, Manufacturing, Education and Training, Banking and Finance, Tourism & Mining Award Services Industry Award Arts, Sports and Culture Award MSME’s Award Social Enterprise Award -
ELIGIBLE NOMINEES: Nominees must be women entrepreneurs who own a formally registered businesses.
Delegates at a WECA Conference