Open for business? Appraisal of FDI in Zimbabwe

Can improving the ease of doing business encourage investment in the country?

Zimbabwe has teetered on the edge of economic crisis for the past 20 years. The situation was compounded by a political crisis that resulted in the 2017 ‘military assisted transition’. President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a new dispensation and said that ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’. But economic revival depended on an injection of hard currency and, two years later, there is little progress to show for it.

About the author

Ringisai Chikohomero is a researcher in the ISS Peace Operations and Peacebuilding programme in Pretoria. Before taking up this position, he was a regional analyst at political Economy Southern Africa, where he conducted research on regional integration and political developments in Southern Africa.

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