U.S. Chamber Meets with Zimbabwe Prime Minister

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Africa Business Initiative and its affiliate, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), hosted Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai today prior to his meeting with President Obama.

"The Chamber recognizes that Zimbabwe has a long way to go before U.S. companies are willing to invest there, but we are encouraged by the tenacity of the Prime Minister and his commitment to turn around the country's economy," said Myron Brilliant, the Chamber's senior vice president of International Affairs.

"The U.S. business community is increasingly interested in investment opportunities in Africa," Brilliant said. "Zimbabwe was once one of the strongest economies in Africa and we fully expect that it will return to that place over time. Once this happens, you can be assured that U.S. companies will also return."

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than
3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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