Alaco director Adrian Stones last week gave a talk on Zimbabwe’s recent elections and prospects at an Alaco Insight event, held at the Special Forces Club.
A former British diplomat in Harare, Adrian drew on his knowledge of the country and contacts to set the scene for the historic ballot - the first since the ousting of Robert Mugabe - and explore the economic and political challenges facing the new government of President Emerson Mnangagwa.
Adrian also provided an intriguing presentation on the undemocratic nature of Mugabe-era elections to underline the significance of the latest ballot. Although marred by violence and alleged irregularities, Adrian concluded that it was a substantial improvement on previous polls – and probably sufficiently credible for financial institutions and investors considering engagement.
Alaco Insight events are a regular series of talks by members of staff and friends of Alaco on topical political, economic and business issues.