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Zim urged to develop strategy to tap Chinese investment

GOVT URGED TO FORMULATE STRATEGY TO TAP CHINESE INVESTMENT
Harare, July24, 2012(New Ziana)-The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) on Tuesday implored the government to craft a strategy to tap credible Chinese investment into the country.
This follows a pledge of US$20 billion that the Chinese government made to Africa over the next decade.
ZNNC president Oswald Binha who recently returned from a seven-day trade, exhibition and investment forum in the Asian country said Zimbabwe should not lose out on the pledge.
“We need to come up with a national strategy to attract Chinese investment into the country. If we do not, we loose out to other countries.
“We need a national agreed strategy with the input of all stakeholders. The strategy must be all encompassing because we may end up attracting traders and not investors,” he said.
Binha said Zimbabwe had huge investment opportunities in mining, infrastructure development, banking and power generation.
“In Africa we are working as individuals. There is also need for the SADC region to work together to develop the Beira Corridor and the Namibian Port to attract investment into the region as a whole,” he said.
Binha is also president of the Association of Southern African Development Community Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
China's trade with Africa reached US$166.3 billion in 2011.
In the past decade African exports to China rose up to US$93.2 billion from US$5.6 billion.
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Mana Polls visitors increase threefold

MANA POOLS RECORDS 300 PERCENT INCREASE IN TOURISTS
Harare July 18, 2012 (New Ziana) – The number of tourists visiting the Mana Pools National Park rose threefold to 2 213 during the first half of 2012, up from 728 recorded during the same period last year.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority director general Vitalis Chadenga said local tourists contributed largely to the increase.
“An increase of 1 485 tourists has been recorded at the Mana Pools since the beginning of this year,” he said. 
“At least 1 645 of the tourists were locals while 568 were international,” he said.
Chadenga said the number of international tourists rose from 326 last year to 568 this year.
Wildlife is one of the major tourist attractions in the country and the park offers prime game viewing sites based on its unique water system.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Mana Pools is one of the most popular parks in Zimbabwe based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.
Mana means “four”, referring to the four large permanent pools formed by the meanderings of the middle Zambezi.
These 2 500 square kilometers of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and boababs, make up one of the least developed national parks in Southern Africa.
It has the largest concentration of hippo and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of elephant and buffalo.
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Tourism dependent on regional stability

TOURISM GROWTH THRIVES ON PEACE AND STABILITY
Harare June 29, 2012 (New Ziana) - Tourism growth thrives on a number of enablers which include peace and stability in a region, a cabinet Minister said on Friday.
Other drivers include accessibility of destination and a well developed and networked Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi said the events that happened in West Africa would affect most economies across the continent.
“What happens to one nation inevitably affects other African nations,” he said.
Mzembi said nations should speak with one voice in solidarity during in good and challenging times.
“Everyone goes to Africa, not just one country, thus we need to present ourselves as ‘Brand Africa.”
The protests in the Arab majority states of North Africa and the Middle East which include Egypt and Tunisia have been hampering the tourism image of Africa.
Mzembi said the co-hosting with Zambia of the United Nations World Travel Organization (UNWTO) general assembly next year presented an opportunity to market the continent to the world.
“The world’s best tourism ambassadors will be in Africa, thus the continent should take advantage of that,” he said.
Meanwhile tourism in the country has begun to gain international recognition as witnessed by winning the bid to co- host the UNWTO general assembly with Zambia.
The sector has become one of the leading contributors to the country’s growth domestic product together with mining and agriculture.
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Zim launches national immunization days

GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION DAYS
Harare June 18, 2012 (New Ziana)-Government on Monday launched the 2012 fourth national measles and polio vaccination days and Vitamin A supplementation aimed at reducing to 20 percent the rate at which children under five die by 2015.
Measles is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection that affects an estimated 20 million people worldwide every year.
Close to 8 000 cases and more than 500 deaths were recorded in Zimbabwe in a devastating measles outbreak between 2009 and 2010.
Health and Child Welfare minister Dr Henry Madzorera told guests at the launch that the immunization was aimed at reaching every child.
“This year’s campaign targets 1, 9 million children in the zero to fifty nine months age group with a three pronged package of vaccines and vitamin supplementation,” he said.
“We are also engaging and targeting all children from the apostolic sector to ensure a continued health service for members of their communities especially children aged below five years,” he added.
Madzorera said the introduction of new vaccines Pneumococcal and Rotavirus would see the reduction of illness and deaths of children.
“It will help reduce the loss of life due to pneumonia, diarrhea and other major illnesses causing high mortality in the under five age group.”
He said all individual care givers, parents, families and communities should ensure that every targeted child was immunized since it was their duty to ensure illness and deaths of children due to vaccine preventable diseases were reduced.
Speaking at the same event World Health Organisation (WHO) country representative Custodia Mandhlata said the country should promote the rights of children with disabilities and work towards achieving a society for all.
“WHO estimates that only 33 percent of children with disabilities in Zimbabwe have access to education, compared to over 90 percent of the able bodied population,” she said.
“All stake holders should pool their efforts in order to formulate actionable strategies to ease the burden of children with disabilities.”
According to the Demographic Health Survey of 2010 to 2011, Zimbabwe’s full immunization rates declined from around 80 percent in 1991 to 65 percent in 2011 contributing to the high death of children below five years of age.
Zimbabwe has not been able to procure supplies for the programme since 2003 due to economic challenges that the country faced following the imposition of sanctions by some Western countries in 2001.
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Liberation movements warned against former colonisers

PRESIDENT MUGABE WARNS FORMER LIBERATION MOVEMENTS AGAINST ERSTWHILE COLONISERS
Harare June 8, 2012 (New Ziana)-President Robert Mugabe on Friday urged former liberation movements to continue uniting to safeguard the gains of the liberation struggles which brought independence to Africa.
He was addressing delegates at the meeting of secretaries general of former liberation movements of Southern Africa in the capital.
President Mugabe, who is also the first secretary of Zanu PF, said Africa’s former colonizers continued to regroup to disorganize countries through the regime change agenda hence the need to be wary and thwart those attempts.
“This is urgent, given that our revolutionary ideologies have come under sustained, nay, renewed attack from our erstwhile colonial masters who are determined to replace our revolutionary parties with malleable, neo-liberal stooge parties deliberately formed, built and funded to reverse all the gains of our liberation struggles,” he said.
“The West is our worst enemy. They will always come clandestinely and want to divide us,” he added.
He cited events unfolding after the Arab Spring,  which saw waves of Western-orchestrated ousting of governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire and Lybia as some of the desperate moves.
“We do not have to look far to see the West’s dark hand behind the current disturbances in Mali and Guinea Bissau. As liberation movements, we need to closely watch these and other unfolding situations in the Horn of Africa, in order to be fully alert to the key players of Africa’s destabilization, establish their intentions and of course, conceive ways and means of resisting the savagery of their actions. Africa should not be a colony again!” he said.
President Mugabe said Zimbabwe was also not spared from the attempts by former colonizers to destabilize the country as the West funded the formation of the Movement for Democratic Change party among other multifaceted efforts like economic sanctions.
“It is not far fetched to surmise that had it not been for the double veto by Russia and China and the support we got from the ANC of South Africa at the Security Council in July 2008, for which we are infinitely grateful, Zimbabwe would have been invaded long before the so-called Arab Spring,” he said.
President Mugabe said the former colonizers had also made strides in dividing Zanu PF during the period leading to 2008 Presidential elections.
“So Zanu PF was very badly divided. The hand of the enemy will always want to divide us,” he said.
He also castigated the West for meddling in the politics of Africa to denounce the leadership.
“They say we should leave for others, which others? No of course,” he said.
President Mugabe said it was high time the West left Africans to choose its leaders.
“If you can stay permanently in power and people want you, you can stay. That is democracy,” he said.
The meeting is being attended by top leadership from Zanu PF, FRELIMO of Mozambique, ANC of South Africa, MPLA of Angola, Chama cha Mapinduzi of Tanzania and SWAPO of Namibia.
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