ZimPAS Highlights – June 25, 2015

Key Highlights

  • The United States government remains deeply concerned by the disappearance of Zimbabwean civil society activist Itai Dzamara, who has been missing more than 100 days. His whereabouts and well-being remain unknown. The United States urges the Government of Zimbabwe to locate Mr. Dzamara and pursue a credible investigation of the troubling circumstances surrounding his disappearance and bring perpetrators to justice.
  • Ambassador Wharton travelled to the United States with a group of Zimbabwean business persons where they held meetings with business and policy makers. The visit follows on the success of the tour by member companies of the Corporate Council on Africa, a nonprofit organization which promotes business and investment between the United States and African nations.
  • Here is a video compiled by HerZimbabwe focusing on trade with the United States featuring Robert Telchin, U.S. Trade Specialist and Nigel Chanakira of the Zimbabwe Investment Centre. The discussion was facilitated by @263Chat.
  • USAID- Zimbabwe has a new mission director. Stephanie Funk, who is not new to Zimbabwe, assumed her new role last week. She brings a wealth of expertise accumulated during her career in various African countries including Malawi, Ethiopia, Sudan, Botswana and Djibouti.
  • Congratulations to Florence Takaendesa, for being being among the 26 young women to be selected to participate in the prestigious MILEAD Fellowship for young African women. Florence, a graduate of the United States Achievers Program (USAP) class of 2017, is currently studying at the University of Southern Indiana on a full scholarship. The Moremi Initiative’s Leadership Development program identifies young African women with potential and passion for transformational leadership roles and prepares them through rigorous training to take such roles.

On Our Calendar

  • Saturday June 27th 2015; 5 pm: ALMASI COLLABORATIVE ARTS presents a staged reading of Athol Fugard’s No Good Friday directed by Sandra Chidawanyika-Goliath. This reading is the fifth in the Almasi Mentor Director program where six Zimbabwean directors are in an 8-month mentorship program under American director and drama teacher Julia Wharton. Venue: Zimbabwe German Society, 51 Lawson Avenue, Milton Park FREE ENTRY.
  • Tuesday June 30th 2015; 3 pm: Food for Thought session-  Topic: The World I Want: my world survey- post 2015 agenda. Facilitated by Junior Chamber International. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate. Free to interested members of the public.
  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015: 3 pm: Interested in studying in the United States? Join us for EducationUSA Introductory Group Advising Session. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
  • Friday July 3rd 2015: The United States Embassy and all its agencies are closed to the public in honor of the July 4th independence commemorations.
  • July 14, 2015: The U.S. is supporting the 5th Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) symposium which provides a platform for sharing insights and success stories on applied innovations on HIV and AIDS. With funding support from the United States (U.S.) National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U. S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) the event will bring together thirteen sub-Saharan Africa medical schools and other institutions to celebrate advances in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  • Wednesday, July 15st 2015: 3 pm: Interested in studying in the United States? Join us for EducationUSA Introductory Group Advising Session. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.

We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, we wish you a pleasant weekend and a great week ahead! 

Karen Kelley, Counsellor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Harare