The conference on sustainable economic transformation, innovation and governance is organised by Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from around the globe, to present and discuss issues to do with sustainable development, social and economic development, entrepreneurship, financial innovation, financial inclusion, anti corruption initiatives and governance. The emphasis of the conference will be on premium quality, theoretical as well as applied research on issues relating to contemporary development issues, innovation and business in digital environments and corruption and governance issues as well as other emerging trends in the current operating environment.

VENUE: Midlands State University, Gweru Main Campus 6-8 February 2019

Conference Focus Points

The conference will focus (not exclusively) on the following:

Economic Transformation

Financial inclusion for economic growth, contemporary economic development issues in low to middle economies, sustainable development and poverty alleviation through tourism , development and growth of SMEs, Retail and logistics in SMEs


ICT for resource constrained environments, digital marketing, digital economies.


Anti corruption and governance in Africa, Corporate governance in developing economies.

PhD students’ symposium

All business and commerce related papers will be considered. Best papers will be awarded prizes

Download PhD Symposium Call for Papers and Application Form

Submission dates

Abstracts of between 150-300 words should be submitted by 31 October 2018, to

Acceptance process

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified through e-mail by 02 November 2018 and will be requested to submit full papers for presentation at the conference by 14 December 2018. All submissions should use Harvard style of referencing and be sent as an attachment to Deadline for registration is 4 January 2019.

Conference Fees


  • International delegates fee


  • Local delegates fee


  • Corporates per individual


  • PHD and Masters students with proof of registration


  • Undergraduate students with proof of registration

N.B: The conference fee covers conference pack, teas and lunches during conference days. PLEASE note that the conference fee does not cover accommodation, dinner and transport.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Kadmiel Wekwete

Pro Vice Chancellor – Midlands State University

Professor Darelle van Greunen (PhD)

Professor of IT and Director of the Centre for Community Technologies at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Professor Jephias Matunhu

Director, Tugwi-Mukosi Research Centre, Midlands State University

Dr Douglas Mboweni

Chief Executive Officer – Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

Professor Jerry Parwada

Professor of Finance at UNSW Business School - University of New South Wales, Sidney Australia

Professor Collins Miruka

North West University, South Africa

Professor Dr. Ravinder RENA

Professor of Economics, NWU School of Business and Governance, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa


Conference Excursion

Antelope Park is Zimbabwe’s Premier Private Wildlife Park located approximately 6km out of Gweru town. Over 20 activities are on offer to guests at Antelope Park and these include game drives, horse rides, bush walks, boat cruises, bird watching and much more.

We propose to participate in Elephant Interaction & Lion Enclosure tour


Residents: $70 per person

Non Residents:USD34 per person

Download Antelope Park Resident and Non-Resident RACK rates



Dr Zachary Tambudzai,
Secretariat Conference Organising Committee Chair
Midlands State University,
P Bag 9055,
Gweru, Zimbabwe
Telephone: +263 716 800 126 / +263 778641461