Zimbabwean business magnate, Dr. Tinashe Manzungu, has continued making remarkable progress on global platforms. His most current step being invited by Lord Simon Wooley to the United Kingdom’s parliament for the 13th African Archivers Awards (AAA) ceremony and International Summit at the House of Lords in the UK Parliament.
Wooley, the event’s host, is a member of parliament of the House of Lords and was the chair of the Government of the United Kingdom Race Disparity Unit Advisory Group until July 2020.
Manzungu, who is also a board director of the Africa Business Council, is among the nominees who will be attending the ceremony that is set for July 14, 2023 under the theme “Unlocking sustainable trade and investment opportunities in Africa – the PPP approach”.
He expressed his gratitude for the nomination, stating that it is a testament to his achievements in business and infrastructure development being recognised globally. He sees it as confirmation of the recognition he has received at the local, provincial, national, and regional levels.
Speaking about the significance of the nomination, Manzungu said, “This international honour is not something that we take for granted. It shows that the African continent is not a dormant economy; there are people who are driving progress. In my personal capacity, I want to thank my country for creating a conducive environment for business. As Zimbuild Property Investments, we are actively contributing to the nation’s drive to achieve the 2030 vision. This international recognition motivates growth at both personal and corporate levels and presents a positive image of our country and region.”
Manzungu has been breaking new ground in business and was recently honoured with a doctorate in business administration from California University. He received the prestigious degree at the London Leaders Without Borders Annual Business Summit, where he was invited as a guest speaker. The AAA award ceremony is another milestone he eagerly anticipates. Over the years, the awards have been bestowed upon prominent Africans such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, former President of Tanzania, His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete; Deputy secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Dr. Joseph Ojiambo; Former President of Ghana, the late Professor Attah Mills, among others.
In addition to the AAA ceremony, there will also be an international summit featuring discussions led by top facilitators from Africa and Europe. The summit aims to provide theoretical and practical insights on how various sectors can collaborate to promote sustainable development across Africa. Key stakeholders, including organisations, donors, investors, policymakers and regulators will participate in these discussions.
Regarding the international summit, Manzungu emphasised its importance as a platform for public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives in trade and investments globally. He highlighted the opportunity to engage with businesspeople from the UK and around the world to explore investment and trade possibilities in Africa. Manzungu believes that Africa needs individuals with a shared passion for growth and is eager to contribute to the development of the African continent, particularly in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Manzungu’s invitation to the AAA ceremony and the international summit is an honour and privilege that he cherishes on behalf of Zimbabwe and Africa. He recognises the significance of these events in facilitating the rise of Africa and establishing partnerships for sustainable growth. As part of the delegation invited by Lord Wooley, Manzungu is proud to represent Africa and contribute to the advancement of the SADC region on this global platform.