Business in Zimbabwe

EENI- School of International Business

Subject Subject (Course): International Trade and Doing Business in Zimbabwe. Harare.


  1. Introduction to the Republic of Zimbabwe (Southern Africa).
  2. Doing Business in Harare
  3. Zimbabwean Economy
  4. Foreign Trade of Zimbabwe
  5. Customs: Zimbabwe Revenue Authority
  6. Business and Investment Opportunities in Zimbabwe
      - Agriculture
      - Manufacturing
      - Mining
      - Tourism
      - Energy
      - Water and sanitation
      - Information and Communication Technology
      - Finance and insurance
      - Services
  7. Case Study: Zimbabwean businesspeople
      - Divine Ndhlukula
      - Sifiso Dabengwa
      - Strive Masiyiwa
      - Makomo Resources
  8. History of Zimbabwe
  9. Access to the Zimbabwean Market
  10. Business Plan for Zimbabwe

Objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of Zimbabwe”:

  1. To analyse the Zimbabwean economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in the Republic of Zimbabwe
  3. To explore Zimbabwe's trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Zimbabwe's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Zimbabwean businesspeople
  6. To develop a business plan for the Zimbabwean Market


Subject “Doing Business in Zimbabwe” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Course: Southern Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Africa

Course learning materials in English or French Zimbabwe Portuguese Zimbabwe Spanish Zimbabwe.

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Zimbabwe”: 1 ECTS Credits / 0.5 AC Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Recommendations for Zimbabwean students

Sample of the subject - Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Zimbabwe:
Strive Masiyiwa (Zimbabwean Businessman)

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Description Subject Description (Doing Business in Zimbabwe).

The Republic of Zimbabwe: landlocked country with huge mineral resources (copper, nickel, gold)

  1. Borders of Zimbabwe: Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, and Botswana
  2. Zimbabwean Population: 12 millions of people
  3. Area: 390,580 square kilometres
  4. The official language of Zimbabwe: English.
  5. Local Languages: Shona and Ndebele
  6. The capital of Zimbabwe: Harare.
  7. The main cities: Bulawayo, Mutare-Masvingo, and Gweru

The main religion in Zimbabwe: Christianity (75% of the Zimbabweans).

Zimbabwe belongs to the Southern African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

Economic Profile of Zimbabwe:

  1. Zimbabwean GDP growth: 5,6 %
  2. The inflation: 3.9%
  3. Zimbabwean Currency: Dollar and ZAR (Rand)
  4. Top export products: platinum, cotton, tobacco, gold, ferroalloys, and clothing
  5. Top imports products: machinery, transport equipment, manufactured goods, chemicals, fuels, and food products
  6. The largest export markets: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Botswana, and China
  7. Main import countries: South Africa and China
  8. Natural resources: Coal, chromium, asbestos, gold, nickel, platinum, and diamonds
  9. The main Zimbabwean economic sector: mining industry (copper, nickel, gold)

Customs Clearance Procedures in Zimbabwe

The nearest ports:

  1. Port of Durban (South Africa). Distance Port of Durban-Harare: 1.674 kilometres
  2. Port of Maputo (Mozambique)
  3. Access to Port of Lobito (Angola)
  4. Port of Walvis Bay (Namibia). Via Trans-Caprivi Corridor Livingstone

Doing Business in Zimbabwe

Trans-African corridors:

  1. Cairo-Gaborone Corridor
  2. Beira-Lobito Corridor
  3. North-South Corridor

Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and Preferential Access of Zimbabwe.

  1. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  2. Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  3. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite
  4. COMESA-US Trade Agreement
  5. Zimbabwe is not eligible for AGOA
  6. Cotonou Agreement
  7. Bilateral Trade Agreements with China, India, Canada, Malawi,and Japan.

Sifiso Dabengwa Zimbabwean Businessman

Zimbabwe is a member of:

  1. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  2. African Union (AU)
  3. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  4. African Development Bank
  5. Africa-South America Summit (ASA)
  6. Forum India-Africa-Zimbabwe
  7. Forum China-Africa-Zimbabwe
  8. World Trade Organisation
  9. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  10. World Custom Organisation
  11. World Bank (WB),

Samples - Business in Zimbabwe

Divine Ndhlukula (Zimbabwean Businesswoman)

Southern African Customs Union (SACU)

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Custom Union of the Southern African Development Community

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement

Lobito-Beira Corridor (Trans-African Highway 9)

North-South Corridor (Africa)

Cairo-Gaborone Corridor (Trans-African Highway)

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