UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the South Africa Company in 1923. A
1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965
the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did
not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the
black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN
sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in
1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert MUGABE, the
nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as
president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system
government of Zimbabwe faces a wide variety of difficult economic
problems as it struggles to consolidate earlier moves to develop a
market-oriented economy. Its involvement in the war in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, for example, has already drained hundreds of
millions of dollars from the economy. Badly needed support from the IMF
has been suspended because of the country's failure to meet budgetary
goals. Inflation rose from an annual rate of 32% in 1998 to 59% in
1999, to 60% in 2000, and to 100% by yearend 2001. The economy is being
steadily weakened by excessive government deficits, AIDS, and rampant
inflation. The government's land reform program, characterized by chaos
and violence, has derailed the commercial sector, the traditional
source of exports and foreign exchange and the provider of 400,000
jobs. Distribution of income is extremely unequal.
Holidays Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Mar 25* - Good Friday
Mar 28* - Easter Monday
Apr 18 - Independence Day
May 1 - Workers' Day
May 25 - Africa Day
Aug 11 - Heroes' Day
Aug 12 - Defence(Armed) Forces Day
Dec 22 - Unity Day
Dec 25 - Christmas
Dec 26 - Boxing Day
Ps: The Festivals' dates(*)given above are approximations that are subject to change in every new year.
Country Code: 263
Outgoing International Code: 110
Main Area Codes:
Harare (Capital) 4
serves as business oriented directory providing an ultimate African
Business Source for the potential investors seeking new business
opportunities in Zimbabwe including the list of industries for Zimbabwe.
Lex Africa: Business Guide: Zimbabwe
African Law Firm Network examines Zimbabwe in order to get
comprehensive business outlook for the potential investors seeking
business opportunities in Zimbabwe.
There are listed the names of Zimbabwe's newspapers.
Doing Business in Zimbabwe
Bank represents a snapshot of the business climate in Zimbabwe by
identifying specific regulations and policies that encourage or
discourage investment, productivity, and growth related to Zimbabwe.
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For Zimbabwe
Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as
Consular Information Sheet about Zimbabwe in terms of analyzing its
social, political, cultural & economic environments.
CIA - The World Factbook - Republic of Zimbabwe
website indicates a wide range of detail information about Zimbabwe by
introducing under 8 different fields as its geography,people,
government, economy, communications, transportation, military,
is available to find out Zimbabwe's general outlook on the issues of
its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation,
government, duty free, health and so forth.
Zimbabwe Trade Online
This website indicates trade opportunities in Zimbabwe by displaying comprehensive database about it.
Selection of Websites - For Zimbabwe
Services creates a list of useful institutions, organizations, agencies
and so forth related to export & business in Zimbabwe by providing
contact information of the institutions, as well.
Embassy Listings For Zimbabwe
There are listed the embassies of Zimbabwe including the embassies' contact information.
Zimbabwe Government Online
displays the structure of Zimbabweian government by looking at its
political units, branches, ministries and so forth in details.