Harare, Zimbabwe – Royal Philips (AEX: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is here in Harare in connection with it’s fourth consecutive Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow which began earlier this month. Philips has included Zimbabwe in the Roadshow for the first time with the ambition to help revitalize the healthcare infrastructure in the country and to contribute to the government’s efforts to improve maternal and child health.1 During the course of three days approximately 70 healthcare professionals are being trained by Philips in Harare to improve the quality of mother and child care. The stopover in Zimbabwe, supported strongly by the local partner Destiny Electronics Holdings (Pvt) Ltd is part of an aggressive multi-year investment plan to significantly increase the company’s business footprint on the African continent with innovations addressing local needs.
“It is important to strengthen our focus in Zimbabwe”, says Peter van de Ven, General Manager, Philips Healthcare Africa. “The economic recovery this country has made is remarkable. We want to invest our resources in Zimbabwe, enabling the people to have better healthcare facilities using the latest technology and reduce mother and child mortality”. Philips has been present in Zimbabwe since 1952; and since 2004 the business was localized to have a more dedicated focus; the local team is empowered to take responsibility for business development and growth.