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Zim local government officials conclude U.S. tour

Zim local government officials conclude U.S. tour

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Seven of the eight Zimbabwean local government officials

Seven of the eight Zimbabwean local government officials

August 22, 2012:  As part of growing business relations and exchanges between Zimbabwe and the United States, eight Zimbabwean local government officials today in Chicago concluded a ten-day visit to three U.S. cities.

The tour was supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges and coordinated locally by the Zimbabwe-U.S. Alumni Association through Hubert Humphrey Program alumnus Ms. Thandiwe Thando Mlobane.

“We see this as a great opportunity to enhance local government in both countries by sharing  experiences between Zimbabwe and the United States,” said Sharon Hudson-Dean, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Harare.  She continued, “the participants had a first hand experience of how our city governments work to improve their local economies by developing and implementing growth strategies to create jobs and to improve social services.”

 

The participants come from all three political parties and are elected or civil service employees from Harare, Bulawayo, Plumtree and Masvingo.

 

The group includes Ms. E. Bwana, Town Clerk, Redcliff Municipality; Mr. Femias Chakabuda, Mayor, City of Masvingo; Mr. Nimrod Willard Chiminya, President, Zimbabwe Local Government Association; Mr. Emmanuel Chiroto, Deputy Mayor, City of Harare; Mr. Tendai Mahachi, Chief Executive Officer/Town Clerk, City of Harare; Mr. Thaba Patrick Moyo, Mayor, Bulawayo City Council; Mr. Rodgers Mozhenty, Secretary General, Zimbabwe Local Government Association; and Ms. Nothando Msimanga, Town Chairperson, Plumtree Town Council.

The program’s organizer, Ms. Mlobane, is a Municipal Finance and Development Consultant for Aline Hope Business Solutions and Training Services, who felt the professional exchange would expose the participants to numerous new ideas and examples of local government best practices.   From 2000-01, Mlobane studied municipal financing, infrastructure and services at Rutgers University in New Jersey on the U.S. government’s Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program for mid-career executives.  Humphrey Fellowships provide a year of specialized enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from throughout the world. 

The group visited Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; St Louis, Missouri; and Chicago, Illinois.  At each stop, they met their counterparts and representatives of various sectors, including business and civil society.

This study tour is part of growing business relations and exchanges between Zimbabwe and the U.S. that are building stronger bilateral relations between the two countries.  In mid-November 2011, a nine-member business delegation from Chicago visited Zimbabwe just one month after the U.S. hosted a 21-member business delegation from Zimbabwe.  In May 2011, Minister of Tourism Walter Mzembi led a delegation to meet with tourism officials in Niagara Falls and New York City.  The Minister’s trip was also organized by the U.S. Department of State.  – ZimPAS© August 22, 2012

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