Zimbabwe Sugar Association (ZSA) chairperson Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda has become the first Zimbabwean to be elected deputy chairperson of the International Sugar Organisation (ISO).
In an email sent to ISO executive director Jose Orive, Masunda, who served as mayor of Harare from 2008 to 2013, said he was humbled by the appointment. He said:
I am humbled and pleased to accept the elevation to the giddy heights of representing my beloved country at that sort of level.
The accolade serves as a glowing and enduring tribute to all the enterprising men and women who did all the heavy lifting so unstintingly in the Lowveld over the years in order to get the sugar industry in Zimbabwe off the ground and put it on the world map as a net exporter of raw sugar to the SADC region, east and central Africa as well as the United States of America.
The ISO is headquartered in London and has 87 member countries. Its annual general meeting (AGM) in Fiji ended on Friday.