Zimbabwe the country
Zimbabwe lies within the southern region of Africa, its bordering countries include South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The country has an estimate population of 12,973,808 people. Languages spoken in the country include Shona, Venda, Tsonga, Shangaan, Sotho, Kalanga, Ndau, Nambya and English.
Research show that before the Shona people inhabited Zimbabwe in the 10th century, there had already been other inhabitants within the country. Trade took place between Shona inhabitants and Arab merchants on the Indian Ocean Coast, this would later strengthen the Shona tribe which were in the majority. The Kingdom of Mapungwe had already been trading in gold, copper and ivory for items like cloth and glass even before the first Europeans landed. Fights broke out between the various tribes in plight to build greater tribes and to take more land. The country was later colonised by the British and in the 1800’s mined for its natural precious metals.
The country went through several stages of governing powers and also experienced civil war, before independence in 1980.
Zimbabwe is liberated but still experiences oppression with the ruling government. Tourism has declined due to the land reform programme from 2000.
Business opportunities & economy
The country is rich in natural minerals and the mining industry is still a large contributor to the country’s GDP. It’s main export partners are China, South Africa, The Republic of Congo and Botswana. Other major sectors include agriculture and tourism. With the replacement of the countries local currency the Zimbabwean Dollar with the American Dollar, it has also helped to bring up the country’s economy. The country is in need of financial help to assist the sectors that keep it afloat, and many investment opportunities have opened up.
Potential business prospects include investing in the following sectors:
The following sectors have seen growth but could do with international investment to help improve the facilities for the people of the country as well as serve as a good business investment for foreigners looking to grow their businesses.
• Manufacturing and industrial
• Health care sector
Due to the brain drain that the country experienced, it is in need of skills within the health sectors, as well as many other sectors. Therefore, work visas are easier to obtain in these industries.
Many of the hospitals in the country is managed by the government as well as non-government organizations. Medical treatment is expensive when funded by health insurance within the country and for complex health procedures; individuals should travel to South Africa or overseas to receive better care.
Zimbabwe held and still does to a certain degree hold high standards in education. Yet, many of the country’s educated citizens left Zimbabwe causing a brain drain and lots of special skills were lost.
That said, Zimbabwe holds much opportunity for those who can successfully identify needs and service those for profit. Visafrican can assist with all Zimbabwean immigration permits.