The official launch of the IB Forum for the Western and Southern Region took place on the 10th of December 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Bulawayo. The event was opened by the Mayor of Bulawayo, His Worship Mayor M. K. Moyo. The event attracted close to 70 participants from academic and research institutions, private companies, agricultural producer associations, government, NGOs and individual entrepreneurs. In addition, four umbrella bodies namely, BSDCZ, ZNCC, ABUZ and Empretec brought several members.
The Programme for the Launch was as follows:
• Arrivals, Networking and Viewing of Displays.
• Mr Waddilove Sansole: Welcome and Introduction of Dignatories, Purpose of the Gathering.
• Mayor M.K Moyo: Welcome Remarks: Industry’s Role in Making Bulawayo Live Again
• Mr Nicky Moyo of DEAT Capital shared on the work and the experiences of his company which aims at promoting inclusive growth.
• Inclusive Business at Work: Video on Matanuska Small Holder Banana Project in the Honde Valley.
• Lawrence Attipoe, SNV Country Director: shared with the audience the Inclusive Business Journey in Zimbabwe.
• Mr Stephen Mseka, Chairperson for Matebeleland BCSDZ: Vote of Thanks.
• Finger Lunch, Visit Displays and Close.
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