Zimbabwe Submits Bid To Host ICASA In 2023

ZIMBABWE together with other five African countries have submitted bids to host the International Conference on AIDS and STIs In Africa (ICASA) in 2023.

By Michael Gwarisa

Zimbabwe’s intention to host the 2023 ICASA was announced during a Press Conference that was held on Friday by ICASA at the ongoing 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal Canada. The Zimbabwean delegation was also present during the press conference and was headed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr John Mangwiro.

Speaking during the Press Conference, Dr John Mangwiro said Zimbabwe was rearing to host Africa on African soil to discuss HIV and AIDS issues affecting the continent.

I definitely want to say, for Africa, this is it, because as you rightly put it, we know our problems, we know how to rightfully go about this and we know how to solve them. It is very important that we interact and exchange ideas at our level. We are no longer going to talk about HIV in a strange land, we are talking about HIV and AIDS where it is supposed to be. We will be there as Africa, in Africa and for Africans,” said Dr Mangwiro.

Other countries that have submitted their bids include Tunisia, Uganda, Kenya and Eswatini. Other competing countries will be known on August 5 2022, which is the bid submission deadline.

In an Interview with HealthTimes, National AIDS Council (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bernard Madzima who is also in Montreal Canada for the International AIDS Conference said that the process to bid and host the ICASA was also outlined during the press conference.

“The process involves delegates voting for the country which would host next year’s ICASA 
and the members are drawn from people who are registered with ICASA.

“This then entails that Zimbabweans should actually register if we are going to be among the top two countries which after the casting of votes, the top  two countries will then be selected for physical visits by the executive board of ICASA and they will then make a determination on which country will host the event.”

Zimbabwe successfully hosted the 2015 ICASA Conference and event which saw the continent converging in Harare.

“In 2015 the country benefited a lot through tourism and showcasing the country in a positive manner during the event and we hope to do the same in 2023 if we win. We think that it is a good boost for the country’s economy where we get international people coming.  In terms of science and technology, knowledge will be shared and this can only be good for the country.”

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