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Gweru City scoops award at ZITF

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Gweru City scoops award at ZITF

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA
MIDLANDS BUREAU CHIEF

GWERU-City of Gweru scooped the second prize under the public relations practitioners of local authorities’ category at the just-ended Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).
Exhibitors at the ZITF were honoured for displaying outstanding products and services at the country’s premier multi-sectoral trade showcase.
Bulawayo City won first place whilst Mutare City Council came third.
King Mswati III of Eswatini was the guest of honour at the 63rd edition of the ZITF he presented trophes and shields together with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to winners.
In an interview with The Mirror, Gweru City Public Relations Officer Vimbai Chingwaramusee said the award indicates that the local authority is hands-on in improving service delivery and is open to investment opportunities.
“As a local authority, we attended the just-ended ZITF event and the Trade Fair. Basically, we were showcasing what we do as the City of Gweru.
“For us, it was an opportunity to tell the world about what we have as Gweru City Council. As a local authority, we came second in our exhibitions and designs. We are working hard to ensure that we become a sustainable and prosperous city of choice by 2030 while ensuring that Zimbabwe becomes an upper middle-income economy by 2030. The award shows we can improve the status quo of Gweru City and the nation at large,” she said.
She said they learnt a lot from the recent Dubai trip, and can collect more revenue from natural resources through investment opportunities.
“We learnt from the Dubai trip that as a local authority, we should not rely on revenue collected from residents and stakeholders but also focus on our natural resources.
“In terms of investment opportunities, we have interests in mining. We have our quarry mines. Our civic Centre is open for business, the Go Beer farm, Go Beer breweries, hotel sites and others. So we are calling investors for investment opportunities,” she said.
Chingwaramusee said local authorities were competing in designs and exhibitions at their stands.
This year’s theme was: “Transformative Innovation for Continuous Global Competitiveness”.
Last year, the local authority came third. In 2021 it scooped first position. In service delivery, the local authority is taking long strides in road rehabilitation and street lighting. It is working on new traffic lights in the Central Business District.

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