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Zim journalist scoops award in India

ZIM JOURNALIST SCOOPS AWARD IN INDIA
Harare, April 29, 2012 (New Ziana) –New Ziana reporter Sharon Tawuya on Friday did the country proud when she scooped an award for International Understanding at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication  (IIMC) ahead of 23 other students from different countries.
Tawuya was presented with the IIMC award at a graduation ceremony held at the campus after completing a four- month Diploma Course in Development Journalism.
Acting permanent secretary in the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Khurshud Ahmed Ganai presented Tawuya with the award.
Tawuya emerged the best in International Relations in a class of 24 students from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the former Soviet Union.
She shared the award with Maruf Nawaz of Bangladesh.
“I owe the award to Zimbabwe in that I managed to represent the country well,” Tawuya said.
She said her multimedia presentation on Zimbabwe was recognised as the best for the 58th intake.
“Our course director Dr Sunetra Sen Narayan said it was the first time that Zimbabwe had such a best presentation,” she said.
Tawuya said the presentation brought out real issues about Zimbabwe as well as its performance in the development sphere.
“It also covered the history of Zimbabwe, current issues affecting the country including sanctions imposed by Britain and her allies and how our government is maneuvering through policies such as the Look- East,” she said.
Columbia, Chile, Bangladesh, Congo Brazzaville, Lebanon, Ghana, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Ezbesktan, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe participated in the four- month program.
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Tsvangirai pledges to push Biti to avail DIMAF

PM TSVANGIRAI PLEDGES TO ASSIST BULAWAYO FIRMS
Bulawayo April 25, 2012 (New Ziana)-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday pledged to ensure that the Distressed Industries and Marginalized Areas Fund (DIMAF) which the government set up with Old Mutual becomes operational soon.
The US$40 million fund, which was launched last year with CABS being the administrator, is intended to revive ailing industries.
But it has not been legally operational as government is still to avail its US$20 million portion.
Addressing delegates attending the International Business Conference during the second day of the ongoing 53rd edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), Tsvangirai said urgent action was needed to revive the former industrial hub of the country.
“I pledge to ensure that this money is immediately disbursed to its intended beneficiaries,” he said.
“It is a financial squeeze but we will try to make the Finance Minister meet the US$40 million target. We have an infrastructure base here in Bulawayo and all we need is to revive it and you can only revive by putting money.”
Tsvangirai bemoaned the alarming rate at which companies were closing down especially in Bulawayo and the antiquated nature of equipment being used in most firms.
He said the government should play a more active role in ensuring the country’s industries returned to full productivity.
The government should also create an environment suitable for attracting new foreign investors and fresh capital investment to breathe life into the various economic sectors, he said.
There was also need to reduce bickering between the three partners in the Global Political Agreement for the country risk factor to improve, said Tsvangirai.
“Government should play the enabling role for business to succeed but our major setback has been our bad and poisonous politics. There is no time for unnecessary political discord, there is need to commit ourselves to sound economic management,” he said.
Tsvangirai said there was also need to foster stronger synergies between government, business and labor to ensure a successful transformation of the economy.
“The citizens of this country deserve an industrialized stable economy with affordable goods and services.”
The government has implemented various measures to revive ailing industries in the country including setting up other credit lines like the Zimbabwe Economic Trade Revival Facility (ZTREF).
It has also crafted policies which include the Industrial Development Policy and the National Trade Policy launched last month to stimulate recovery of industry and commerce.
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Tel*One still to secure partner for mobile project

TEL*ONE YET TO SECURE PARTNER FOR MOBILE PHONE PROJECT
Harare April 10, 2012 (New Ziana) -Fixed telephone provider Tel*One is yet to secure a partner to roll out mobile services a year after it was granted a licence.
The company was granted a licence in March last year to become the fourth mobile operator in the country but limited financial resources have prevented it from rolling out the project.
When it issued the license, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) said it was not giving Tel *One timelines to roll out its services.
Tel*One has since said it requires between US$50 million and US$100 million to operationalise the licence.
Acting managing director Hampton Mhlanga said a number of investors had shown interest in partnering them.
“We have not secured a partner yet but there are several people we are talking to,” he said.
Mhlanga would however not shed light on progress negotiations had made and timelines for rolling out the project.
“All I say is that the negotiations are looking up and we will make an announcement once we have something concrete,” he said.
Zimbabwe has three mobile phone operators namely Econet, Telecel and Net One.
Since the country adopted multiple foreign currencies in 2009, it has experienced rapid expansion in mobile phone penetration.
Failure by Tel*One to connect more people to its landline network due to financial and infrastructure limitations has aided the situation.
As a result, fixed telephone penetration rate has dipped drastically over the years Tel*One remaining with slightly over 300 000 subscribers after losing about 50 000 subscribers in the past two years.
The company is also sitting on a huge debt overhang and the government has earmarked it together with ten other parastatals for privatization and commercialization to their fortunes.  
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Mugabe urges social partners to work together

PRESIDENT URGES SOCIAL PARTNERS TO WORK TOGETHER
Harare March 29, 2012(New Ziana)-There is need for closer co-operation between the government, business and labour policies aimed at reviving the economy to succeed, President Robert Mugabe said on Thursday.
Addressing delegates while launching the Industrial Development Policy (IDP) and the National Trade Policy (NTP) President Mugabe said the success of these policies lay in co-operation of the three social partners.
“Economic recovery cannot be realised unless there are concerted efforts towards this cause. It is therefore in this regard that the Industrial Development Policy (IDP) should reflect the cohesion between the government, business and labour,” he said.
“A viable policy can only succeed with the three parties working together, hence the importance of the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) as a social policy dialogue platform in ensuring the success of the IDP.”
President Mugabe said the IDP should be used to further the commercialization of scientific research while also contributing towards development   of drought tolerant and pest resistant crop varieties.
He said the policy should also enhance the development of irrigation infrastructure to boost agricultural productivity.
In turn, he said, the NTP should ensure the full participation of Zimbabwe on the global market in harmony with trade laws and regulations currently in place.
President Mugabe however bemoaned the extension of illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the US and the EU saying these continued to stifle Zimbabwe’s participation in world trade.
He called for the immediate, unconditional and total removal of the sanctions to ensure real economic growth.
“As a fully fledged member of the World Trade organisation (WTO), the time may have come for the Zimbabwe government, supported by SADC and COMESA regions to formally raise legal concerns over the hindrance posed by these sanctions to the free trade principles espoused by the WTO,” said President Mugabe.
The IDP, which runs from 2012 to 2016, seeks to revive the fortunes of ailing industries through increasing the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the Gross Domestic Product from the current 15 percent to 30 percent.
The NTP seeks to increase exports and promote the diversification of the country’s export basket over the next four years.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister professor Arthur Mutambara, senior government officials and captains of industry attended the launch.
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ACA delegates praise Zim hospitality

ACA DELEGATES PRAISE ZIM HOSPITALITY
Victoria Falls March 19, 2012 (New Ziana)-Delegates attending the 10th edition of the Africa Cotton Association (ACA) said Zimbabwe is a safe destination with hospitable people contrary to negative reports awash in the Western media.
Western media sympathetic to white former commercial farmers have subjected Zimbabwe to unrelenting vilification to influence international opinion over agrarian reforms that the country implemented.
ACA delegates who spoke to New Ziana said the country has to soldier on with its programs to empower locals.
“People here are very gentle. I have visited countries where there are conflicts and on arrival the signs were visible but it is a different case in Zimbabwe. I did not see or hear anything of that nature in the country,” said former Benin Industry and Small to Medium Enterprises Minister Rigobert Ladikpo.
“I wish you well as Zimbabwe. You have the resources to prosper,” he said.
Cotton merchant Curt Arbenz from Switzerland said Zimbabwe was a beautiful country with friendly people.
“Zimbabweans are very welcoming. I did not face any problems since I touched down in the country. You have fantastic natural resources that God gave you,” he said.
ACA president Iya Mohammed who from Cameron concurred with Ladikpo and Arbenz saying the country had sociable people.
“I am highly impressed by the quality of hospitality rendered to me so far,” he said.
About 200 delegates from 33 countries attended the annual ACA congress including from outside Africa.
Some of the countries which attended include Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Mali, Chad and Mozambique.
ACA was formed in Cotonou, Benin, in September 2002 to protect the interests of African cotton producers and Zimbabwe is a member.
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