Podcast: Open for Business? Investing in Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe



These audio and slides are from the basis of ‘Open for Business? Investing in Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe’ … an hour-long briefing by Sarah Lockwood on 28 June 2018.

Some of the areas the presentation addressed, were:

  • The upcoming elections
  • The economic and political outlook
  • The opportunities for investors
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The following text sets the context in which the briefing was given. 

Zimbabwe entered a new era last year following the military’s removal of president Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power. The new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, immediately declared the country to be “open for business”, signalling his intent to attract new investment and re-engage the global community. With many of the old guard still in place, however, how much has really changed in the country? And what does the new era offer to potential investors?


Sarah Lockwood – is one of Menas Associates consultants on Zimbabwe and the companies lead consultant on South Africa. Sarah is a PhD Candidate and Presidential Scholar at Harvard University. Her research focuses on government accountability and political protest in post-apartheid South Africa, and she has also worked extensively as a journalist. Gavin Davies – a senior corporate M&A  lawyer, with particular expertise in public takeovers, shareholder activism, private equity and venture capital investments, and in investment work in Africa. Gavin has 23 years of experience supporting international financial investors and multi-national corporate clients on cross-border M&A and investments across Europe and Africa.


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