We all have an obligation to give back to society, however when our community links are broken it is hard to decipher the right channels to extend one's social reposiblities hence it has become pertinent for us to find innovative ways to rethread our social fabric to provide the security we once enjoyed, and ZDFG is at the forefront of this challenge.
There has been a lot of advocacy especially in the area of immigration that has seen a lot more people being treated fairly, however a lot more still needs to be done and your support is required to highlight the plight of our citizens facing all sorts of legal challenges while they seek to resettle in the diaspora.
As we seek to propose new business development models, our research shows the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce is leading in business development in the national economic interest and is a channel of communication between business and the various authorities in Zimbabwe therefore we are setting up a diaspora link to facilitate contact and access for members to both local and international markets and collaborate with other national organisations with similar objectives. We are dedicated to advancing economic progress through the creation of a good climate for business, developing and enhancing business entrepreneurship, identifying, promoting and servicing the interests and needs of our partners by representing authoritatively and independently the views of business to local and national authorities disseminating relevant information on issues of vital importance to members such as chambers of commerce and trade organisations throughout the world, hence we concluded that it would only make sense to engage with a wider audiance and establish organisational links while we do our own research and consultation through our business and community leads to better inform policy on business development models.
Our educational research produces research and analysis to inform the public policy debate on issues affecting us in the diaspora and home country. We find ourselves misrepresented at various levels, and it is crucial that we redress our grieviences clearly and imminently, however it has to be done in a effective manner. This is where we realised the opportunity for us to speak up as a community with one voice and dissuade bipartisanship on matters that concern our national interest. ZDFG has learnt from the lessons of the past that accurate and respectful commentary of our experience is vital for correct prognosis and prescriptive discussions pertaining to issues that are crucial for our progression.
2012 saw some very progressive work being done by the facilitators of the Zimbabwe Diaspora Focus Group. The year culminated with a number of events that saw prescriptive discussions to the wores of our experiences both in the diaspora and in our home country. The debates discussed the pros and cons of business development models Zimbabwe could adopt to fast track growth and development in all sectors and some brilliant ideas have been hashed out for your consideration as we move into 2013 with much anticipation and expectation.
We are all eargerly awaiting the elections, however have made the pre-requisite preparations for the elections. Are we a well informed electorate. What are our interestes in terms of the nation's interest, and shall these be met by the propective incumbents? Have our elections been reduced to a popularity contest without much substance meaning won't we cry fowl mid term of the new governors being no different to their predecessors? Have we become a society of welfare expectation and failed to realise that government facilitation plus the citizen hard work equals results? What are the questions you have about the upcoming elections that you feel need to be discussed and how will they sway the vote?