Hon Mr Tapiwa Mashakada
Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion
Republic of Zimbabwe

Mr Mashakada was a chief economist at the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in the 1990s.  He had also done a lot advocacy work on behalf of the ZCTU on labour and economic rights.  He was a resource person at the National Working People’s Convention held in Harare, which led to the formation of the MDC and he is a founder member of the party.  Mr Mashakada is an active Minister who has overseen the development of a mid term economic framework to guide Zimbabwe’s economic development.  Mashakada attended the Africa DownUnder conference in 2011.