President Emmerson Mnangagwa has left for Mozambique – but without his two Vice Presidents present for airport farewell rituals.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is Acting President but is believed to be too ill to appear in public following lengthy treatment in India.
President Mnangagwa is set to attend the 12th Africa-US Business Summit, which runs from June 18 to 21.
Explaining the significance of President Mnangagwa’s attendance, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Sibusiso Busi Moyo said (see video below):
The Government of Mozambique will host more than 1,000 U.S. and African private sector executives, international investors, senior government officials and multilateral stakeholders. The Summit’s theme is “Advancing a Resilient and Sustainable U.S.-Africa Partnership”.
H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique will open the Summit which will be attended by the following African Heads of State: King Mswati III, Kingdom of Eswatini; H.E. Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda; H.E. Hage Geingob, President, Republic of Namibia; H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President, Republic of Kenya; H.E. José Mário Vaz, President, Republic of Guinea-Bissau; H.E. Peter Mutharika, President, Republic of Malawi; H.E. Edgar Lungu, President, Republic of Zambia; H.E. Mokgweetsi Masisi, President, Republic of Botswana; Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister, Republic of Uganda; H.E Emmerson Mnangagwa, President, Zimbabwe; H.E Teodoro Mbasogo, President, Equatorial Guinea.
The Summit will provide a platform for U.S. and African business and government leaders to engage on key sectors including agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, ICT, finance and more.
Private sector and government decision makers will be able to network, meet potential business partners and explore new business opportunities. Delegates will also be encouraged to help shape effective U.S.-Africa trade and investment policies. Since the last U.S.-Africa Business Summit in 2017, the U.S. administration and African governments have shown a renewed commitment to developing business-friendly initiatives and policies that foster greater economic engagement.
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This month’s Summit is specifically designed to facilitate and elevate business-to-business and business-to-government engagement.
The Maputo event will address today’s most important challenges to investors in Africa by facilitating high-level roundtables, sector-focused discussions, as well as private meetings.
Besides country forums discussing doing business in Africa, there will be countless opportunities to meet new business partners.