Obert Moses Mpofu
is a Zimbabwean
politician, currently serving as Minister of Mines. Previously he was Minister of Industry and International Trade.
Mpofu, previously the Governor of Matabeleland North
Province, was appointed as Minister of Industry and International Trade in mid-April 2005, following the March 2005 parliamentary election
Ministry of Industry & Trade
Mpofu masterminded the freeze of basic commodities in Zimbabwe in mid-2007. He was appointed by Robert Mugabe
to lead the price monitoring regime that was created following the price-freeze. He withdrew operating licenses from abattoirs across the country during the price freeze, a situation that resulted in beef becoming scarce in shops across the country. In early 2008, he initiated the idea of 'people's shops' government run retail shops that would sell products at cheap prices.
Mpofu was at the forefront encouraging trade between Zimbabwe and China
, as part of the government's Look-East policy. At one time, Gao Hucheng
, Chinese vice-minister for commerce, after meeting with Mpofu claimed: "Chinese goods had been well received by Zimbabweans and that his government would continue to promote trade between the two countries as this had also improved the lives of people."
2008 general election
Obert Mpofu has been nominated again as the ZANU-PF
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