Top line-up for ABA conference

HARARE Looking for economic solutions will be the theme of the Just Business 2010 conference later this month. Speakers from the USA, South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania will join local economists and the business community in the dialogue.

The keynote speaker will be Greg Lebedev, chairman of the Centre for International Private Enterprise in Washington.

Lebedev is also a senior advisor to the Robertson Foundation for Government, to Adelphi Capital, a Washington DC private investment bank, and former president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, representing the interests of the $1,7 trillion global chemical and plastics industry. He has served in the State Department and the White House.

Other speakers will include Scott Eisner, executive director of the US Chamber of Commerce and Mervyn King, chairman of the King Commission on corporate governance in South Africa and no stranger to these shores. He will speak on the need for transparency in business.

Judge Mark Bomani, chairman of the Tanzanian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, will discuss how his country copied Zimbabwes mining laws and modus operandi in the 1990s and today produces more gold than this country.

Thierry Kalonji, senior investment promotion officer at the COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka, will speak on how to create an investment-friendly business environment and Godfrey Kanyenze, director of the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe will speak about the role of the Diaspora as an ingredient for growth.

The conference is organised by the American Business Association of Zimbabwe, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage business links between Zimbabwe and America. It is open to all companies interested in doing business with the States, not just those with north American links. – For more details: [email protected]

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