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. Besides searching for and connecting investors with projects, we also provide assurance to the contracting parties about the scope and seriousness of their business partner, by thoroughly investigating their offer and other related factors, before connecting them. Our target is to encourage investors to regain trust in doing business in Zimbabwe.

We want to achieve this by establishing a network of serious professionals who will monitor business processes in the Financed Companies (FCs) in Zimbabwe.

These 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.

Zimgerm will be the pivot and bridge between those companies and their investor counterparts in Germany, providing information and communication as well as assist in clearing misunderstandings and disputes.

The Principle

The goal is to make sure that every project is completed once it has been started. A look at many failed projects in Zimbabwe shows that lack of long-term planning, respect of work ethics and irresponsible budget management are some of the major causes. We aim to help the contracting parties avoid all these pitfalls so that assumed projects are successfully finished.

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

 

Macroeconomic climate

Fight The Scourge

The whole of Zimbabwe needs to adapt a new anti-corruption narrative before long term positive changes can occur.

Because as long as this scourge is present in public and private business interactions, nothing is going to work. Foereign Investors are still not convinced that their capital will be safe in Zimbabwe, because corrupt people still remain free even after their deeds have been uncovered. The state needs to do more.

But even when efforts are made, it would take a long time until that trust has been cultivated enough to take away the worry from investors.

This is where Zimgerm comes in. We help to speed up the process of engaging investors by giving them a special approach to securing their capital. Through our pre-investigation of the character of the business partner and his offer, we can help the investor to find the profitable, but also safe project to invest in. We then continue to assist through monitoring of processes at the project site to spot any unsual activities that may threaten the project’s completion, so that correctional measures can be taken on time.

 

 

The Gateway

Why 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 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.


Transform. Transition. Scale

Zimbabwe has good infrastructure compared to most African countries, but most of it is old and derelikt. An upgrade of the means of production means systemizing the production process. And since a system's performance can be measured, this helps not only to increase productivity, but also to make the protection of the environment manageable.

Zimgerm As Connector

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

In Germany
Businesses 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.

To view the listings or to insert your company please follow the links..

Due Diligence

Zimgerm as Selector

Every company that will join Zimgerm and has the Valued Company (VC) status, will have gone through a thorough investigation of its assets and all the relevant persons involved before hand; 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 quasi-arbitrator between the investor and the Zimbabwean company in cases of communication issues. To minimise the need for arbitration, "which is the core basis of Zimgerm's business model", the Zimgerm professional team on the Zimbabwean side will constantly gather relevant data about the current status and activities of the FCs (Financed Companies) and pre-analyse it, before uploading it to Zimgerm for further steps. Then depending on urgency, Zimgerm communicates with the investors either straight away or on demand. This is driven by our motto which is: It is better to prevent the baby from falling into the well than having to pull it out afterward.

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