VST Enterprises founder and CEO Louis-James Davis has been named as the new Science and Technology Ambassador to the Zimbabwean Government.
The ambassadorship was granted at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January. A formal ceremony in Harare will take place at the end of March. The honour follows some 12 months of close co-operation between VST Enterprises and authorities in Zimbabwe to develop innovative ways to address key economic challenges in the country through VCode, the company’s authentication technology.
“Louis-James and his company, VST Enterprises, have been a crucial support to the Zimbabwean government in recent months, as we continue our work to rebuild our country’s economy,” Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said. “The solutions Louis-James and his team are developing are truly at the cutting edge of technology, helping to go a long way towards tackling the challenges hindering Zimbabwe’s economic recovery.
“Now, as our new Science and Technology Ambassador, Louis-James will be able to take this work even further, operating in partnership with the government in a wide array of areas to find even more innovative ways to further improve the lives of the Zimbabwean people and lay the foundations for a happier, more prosperous future for the nation.”
VCode was awarded the EU Seal of Excellence for its anti-counterfeiting and end-to-end supply chain and traceability capabilities, and has been commended by UK Prime Minister Theresa May. A completely secure means of verification, information held within the VCode can be set and tracked in real-time in the cloud-based tracking portal, the VPlatform.
With VST Enterprises, Mr.Davis will implement VCode to tackle illegal mining, counterfeiting and issues with border control, as well as introducing identity cards and tax collection for informal businesses to provide life-changing benefits – such as new infrastructure, schools and a boost in the economy – for the entire population.
“The way the new government has embraced innovative technology is a testament to its commitment to putting the Zimbabwean economy back on its feet,” Mr. Davis said. ”We are proud of the work we’ve done so far to support the country in this goal. We’re looking forward to leveraging this new honour to do even more to help the people of Zimbabwe create a prosperous future.”
Mr. Davis is ambassador for KidScan Children’s Cancer Trust and Cancer Research UK, and promotes the next generation of technology entrepreneurs as a creative, digital and health care technology ambassador for the Manchester Metropolitan University.