Gwanda gold, ICT sec­tor at­tract Ja­pan

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Richard Muponde Gwanda Correspondent

JA­PAN has shown a keen in­ter­est in in­vest­ing in gold and In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) in the town of Gwanda.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing in Gwanda last week, the head of a high pow­ered Ja­panese del­e­ga­tion which paid a cour­tesy call on the min­ing town to ex­plore in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, Mr Mi­nae Taka­hashi, said the min­ing town was a good area to op­er­ate in.

“We have keen in­ter­est in min­ing and ICT be­cause we are well versed in such busi­nesses. Cur­rently we are work­ing with 20 var­i­ous towns in­clud­ing Mutare, Harare, Bu­l­awayo and Masvingo,” said Mr Taka­hashi, who is also a con­sul­tant for Grass­roots Grant Project.

He said his com­pany has vast ex­pe­ri­ence from the past con­cern­ing com­mu­ni­ties that have grown to big cities be­cause of ICT.

“We have a liv­ing ex­am­ple of a town in Ja­pan which brought the birth of com­puter gi­ant Pana­sonic. It’s our dream too to turn Gwanda to a sim­i­lar growth with this town in Ja­pan,” said Mr Taka­hashi.

Gwanda Mayor Coun­cil­lor Knowl­edge Ndlovu told the del­e­ga­tion that Gwanda lies on a mas­sive gold belt and the two should map a way on how they would part­ner in sev­eral busi­ness in­vest­ments avail­able.

“As coun­cil we are more than happy to wel­come vis­i­tors that will bring growth to our small min­ing town. We are en­dowed with a lot of nat­u­ral re­sources with gold top­ping the list. How­ever, as coun­cil we will look for vi­able projects and direct them to our Ja­panese friends to ex­plore,” said Clr Ndlovu.

He said the coun­cil would come up with a strong project pro­posal so that the Ja­panese Em­bassy can come in handy, es­pe­cially in de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture in schools and hos­pi­tals.

Clr Ndlovu also im­plored the Ja­panese del­e­ga­tion to con­sider ICT as a vi­able project in the town. Un­like other big towns and cities, Gwanda town is lag­ging be­hind in ICT hence the need to take that route.

— @richardmuponde

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