… Redforce CEO lands major role
By Hilary Mare
IN a bid to increase its business engagement with Namibia, the National Business Council of Zimbabwe (NBCZ) has appointed Redforce Debt Management Chief Executive Officer, Julius Nyamazana, as its regional representative for Namibia, effective from 1 October.
Following his appointment, Nyamazana, whose new role extends to Lesotho and Swaziland, told Confidente in an interview this week that this signifies a new era, in terms of increasing business linkages between the four countries.
“There has always been a need to provide a more direct link for businesses and individuals seeking to do business in Zimbabwe, and vice versa, and this is a proud moment, because now we can foster a greater scope for dialogue, and constantly open doors for those seeking to advance their interests,” he said.
Nyamazana has been entrusted with providing platforms for engagement with various captains of industry, as well as business people in the four countries, while soliciting aspiring investors for Zimbabwe and harnessing development opportunities that can exist through regional trade.
Asked about his plan for Namibia, Nyamazana noted that he will primarily focus on bridging the information gap that exists between Namibia and Zimbabwe, with regard to business opportunities, while spearheading various business engagement platforms that provide for progressive relationships.
“I believe there are many opportunities in the various industries, including agriculture, mining, value-addition, retail and tourism, which are untapped. It is one of my goals, that if we are to harness the opportunities that are available, we should be able to engage one another at the correct platforms. It is by no means an easy task, but I will do all I can, to ensure that trade between Zimbabwe and Namibia expands in the coming year, and also see to it that available opportunities in key industries are communicated.
“Namibia and Zimbabwe have always enjoyed positive bilateral relationships and there is no reason why we cannot enlarge and or take advantage of this blossoming relationship,” Nyamazana said.
As the key link between investors and opportunities in Zimbabwe, Nyamazana, who is one of the front-liners spearheading the debt recovery programmes of both Agribank and the K e e tma n s h o o p Municipality, also called on potential investors to Zimbabwe to engage him about direction and procedures.
“We wish him the best in steering strategic business synergies between the countries under his mission and the NBCZ membership in Zimbabwe and other countries,” said Dr Keith Guzah, Founder and President of NBCZ.
The NBCZ was established to generate the requisite business environment and capabilities, in order to fortify the various empowerment programs of the Zimbabwean government, through business development.
The NBCZ intends to facilitate a pluralistic business environment, where indigenous businesses thrive and prosper, along with foreign and multinational businesses, through home advantage and global integration.
“As a lobby and capacity building institute, it is our firm conviction that we can directly inject any and all of the institutional capacity, which the government needs, in order to fully implement indigenisation and economic empowerment processes. The NBCZ acknowledges and understands that there are many national and foreign bilateral and multilateral institutions, as well as international finance institutions (IFIs) and even private sector individuals, who are undertaking many different types of capacity building. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the different types of capacity building often run parallel to each other, and some efforts are duplicated, and the overall progress is difficult to evaluate, due to the fragmented nature of data and information,” the NBCZ said.
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