To Create a positive image of Zimbabwe→ Attract investment→ Create employment

Corporate Mission

The Hub

We aim to be the main business Hub between Zimbabwe and Germany. Our objective is to provide transparency and assurance to the contracting parties about the scope and seriousness of their business partner.

We want to achieve this by establishing a network of serious professionals who will monitor and control business processes in the Zimbabwean companies.

Because investors need to be assured that their capital is in good hands, this new breed of modern-minded Zimbabweans will work together to ensure that all agreements entered between Zimbabwean and German companies are professionally adhered to and concluded according to the signed contracts. This will encourage more investors to regain trust in doing business in Zimbabwe.

Zimgerm will be the pivot and bridge between those companies and their investor counterparts in Germany, providing information and communication to clear misunderstandings and disputes. Our uppermost guideline in the process will be; zero tolerance for ANY KIND of corruption no matter what.

The Principle

The goal is to make sure that every project is completed once it has been started. An analysis of many failed big projects in Zimbabwe, -PP or PPP, shows that lack of long-term planning, lack of respect of work ethics and irresponsible budget management are some of the major causes. We aim to avoid all these pitfalls so that we successfully finish whatever we begin.

Zimgerm will be a monitoring hand performing internal controls/audits and taking quick action to prevent any obstacles threatening to derail the project’s progress.

Vision

We hope our company’s success will ignite a dynamic that will be unstoppable, turning Zimbabwe into a new country on the move.

 

Macroeconomic climate

Fight The Scourge

But before long term positive changes can occur, we believe the best way Zimbabwe can move forward is when a new nationwide anti-corruption culture is created.

Because as long as this scourge is present in business interactions, Zimbabwe will always keep taking one step forward and two steps back. When a crucial component a company needs to complete its work is missing, it leads to other companies who are dependent on that company’s services, also not completimg their work. This culminates in destruction of the whole chain of production and service delivery. Unfortunately, a lot of components are always missing because of corruption in Zimbabwe.

The consequence of a dysfunctional chain of service delivery is an economy at a standstill or turning down. Companies lose contracts, jobs get cut and the state gets no tax revenue to improve the infrastructure. When the state has no money to improve the infrastructure, companies cannot access or deliver services, which leads to them rationalising on employment. Less employment leads to fewer customers. Fewer Customers leads to production reduction by the industry, which then leads to them eventually closing shop because fixed overheads need to be paid even though there is no revenue. This completes the vicious cycle of a continous economic downturn.

 

Paradigm Shift

This is why it is important to create a new culture that should be embraced by the whole society, so that corruption has no chance to survive in Zimbabwe.
Companies, as service providers, play an important role in shaping the behaviour of society. Our company aims to be one of those holding the flame high and lighting the way forward in terms of business ethics and best practices. We want to be the face of Zimbabwe and show the global community that Zimbabwe is a great country.

The Gateway

Africa in general

The conversation about Africa as a whole is shifting from one of deficits and gaps to one about opportunities, prospects, ventures and creativity. The fast-growing youth population, the urbanization driving over 60% from rural areas to cities, and Africa’s formalizing economy are all signs of the long awaited "African Renaissance". What are the opportunities?


Africa Needs Connectors

Missing in Zimbabwe and across much of southern Africa are upgraded roads, rails, ports, power grids and IT backbone needed to lift African economies. This lack of infrastructure hinders the growth of imports, exports, and regional business. Companies that can upgrade these connectors of markets can prosper

Power

Zimbabwe and most countries of Southern Africa are plagued by power outages – almost 700 hours a year on average – sapping productivity, adding cost and leaving businesses captive to back-up with alternative power options. Power generation offers a lucrative opportunity.

Roads

Roads and rail lines are sparse, decrepit and over-burdened. High profile construction companies have a great chance here.

Storage

Lack of efficient storage and distribution infrastructure hinders businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers. Up to 50% of cereals, fruit and vegetables spoil before reaching markets.

Africa is diversifying

African economies are finally beginning to diversify beyond commodities, though this is still in the early stages. Africa is seeing a returning diaspora that recognizes the potential and opportunities in their own countries. This population supports local economic growth with their skills and talent, by acting as “first movers”, investing back in their communities.

At the same time, African countries are beginning to place bets on non-commodity areas where they can be competitive. And they are packaging themselves to appeal to a broader set of investors recognizing they can no longer count on investment from China.

Customers are changing

With the growth of Africa’s middle class, we’re seeing development of new expectations. Educated, urban professionals are young, brand-aware and sophisticated in terms of their consumption. Retailers and consumer brands want to anticipate and drive buying preferences in fashion, home and lifestyle products, but they know they need international standard supply chains if they are to meet demand. The largest economic forces in Africa are small to medium enterprises, working to meet this new demand and competing with global brands. Despite Zimbabwe’s rather small population, its central position can be an advantage as a production and distribution point.

Soft infrastructure

There’s a soft infrastructure deficit, as well. Outside of South Africa, the data and information critical to decision-making by businesses is missing or hard to obtain – credit and risk information, market data, consumption patterns, etc. Lessons from Dubai and Singapore tell us that once an infrastructure race is on in a rapidly expanding market, being the first-mover is a significant advantage for investors. Companies that can provide these services can gain long term.



African trade barriers are falling

With the 54-nation Continental Free Trade Area – Africa’s own mega-trade deal – even the smallest African economies could see a lift. If duties are lowered and incentives introduced, manufacturers could see benefit from setting up production and assembly operations in multiple African countries. That could lead to development in electronics, machinery, chemicals, textile production and processed foods.

As a first step, free trade between and within the African economic blocs would make a huge difference. Africa’s share of global trade – a meager 3% – can only increase if the continent’s commodity and consumption-led economies begin to produce a broad array of goods for home markets and export.

And an increase in local beneficiation in the commodities sector could be a driver of growth – processing local commodities (such as minerals, coffee, cotton) in country rather than exporting them in raw form.

Zimbabwe’s central geographic position connects at least five SADC countries and can act as the Hub for regional trade, making it the most attractive investment destination.

Digital transformation

Africa leads the world in mobile adoption, which continues to offer the biggest cross-sectoral economic opportunities. Mobile payment networks, pioneered in East Africa, opened the wired, global economy to poor, unbanked city and rural dwellers. Companies such as Novartis are using mobile communications to manage their supply chain; Olam has used mobile to reach out to new African suppliers and farmers. These mobile initiatives have achieved huge successes.

Sustainable development

In energy, technology, supply chain design and other areas, Africa has the ability to look at what works elsewhere then fashion its own answers. It can openly embrace new technology and ideas, with no historical imprint from which to break free. It can develop flexible fuel grids that generate power with a mix of abundant wind, solar, hydro and bio energy, alongside conventional fuels such as oil and gas, which are also abundant. Nowhere on Earth is there as much unused or poorly used arable land, so to expect are big agricultural breakthroughs and productivity gains in food production in Africa.


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Globalization means there are too few remaining frontiers. As the developed world matures, and becomes increasingly difficult to trade in as a result of a number of factors, from legislation to terrorism, opportunities for corporate growth are limited.

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There are now too few places where entrepreneurs and businesses with ideas and an appetite for risk can bring value and find long-term growth if they are persistent, creative and determined. But there’s something else they need to know: Africa is still such a place.

ZimGerm As Connector

We are looking at building solid contacts with businesses in both countries.

In Germany

Businesses that are interested in investing in new companies, or running existing ones together with Zimbabwean partners.

In Zimbabwe 

Businesses that are looking for financial resources or partners to start or expand.

Due Diligence

Zimgerm as Selector

For every company that will join Zimgerm as a trusted company, there will have been a thorough investigation of its assets and all the relevant persons involved, - from leaders and general workers, suppliers, creditors and debtors etc, - to ensure that what is on paper is also what is on the ground.

All details will go under the microscope before they are taken as facts, to make sure that Zimgerm moves in tune with the project's progress.
Fine-selection methods

Zimgerm as Overseer

After the company has been approved, there will be an agreement between the company and Zimgerm to let Zimgerm view the company's books at all times and take necessary measures if the company is not working torwads fullfilling the agreed contract. Zimgerm will also be there to assist with innovation ideas to keep the company on the growth trajectory.

Constant Process Monitoring
Constant Process Monitoring

Zimgerm As Arbitrator

Zimgerm will act as the information center as well as arbitrator between the investor and the Zimbabwean company in cases of communication problems. The Zimgerm professional team on the Zimbabwean side will gather data about the status and activities of the companies and upload it to Zimgerm. Then Zimgerm communicates with the investors either straight away or on demand. Our Motto here is: It is better to prevent the baby from falling into the well than having to pull it out afterward.

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