LEADING economist and Zimbabwean businessman John Robertson has died.
He was 84.
Robinson died this morning at his home in Harare after suffering a stroke several weeks ago.
Reacting to the news, industrialist and United Refineries Limited CEO Busisa Moyo said Robertson’s death was a big loss to financial services and the economist community.
“A big mind to economic analysis in Zimbabwe. An unrelenting supporter and advocate for a pro-business policy environment and preservation of savings.
“A big loss to financial services and economist community. We pray for comfort and strength for close family, colleagues & friends,” said Moyo.
Robertson was born in Bulawayo in 1937. He first trained as a radio and television technician with the Royal Rhodesian Air Force, and then with a Bulawayo company, Fenner Brothers.
After 10 years in industry, John enrolled as a student at the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland to read for an economics degree.
On completion of the degree, John moved to Salisbury as financial correspondent on The Rhodesia Herald, becoming Financial Editor a few years later.
After nine years in journalism, he joined First Merchant Bank as their chief economist, where he spent the next sixteen years. In 1994 he formed his own economic consultancy. Among his clients included many large Zimbabwean and multinational companies and several embassies.
He was a Past President of the Zimbabwe Economics Society and of his Rotary Club, and served for many years as Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce.
Among his contribution to economic debate and analysis, Robertson founded and ran an economics consultancy company, Robertson Economics, which provided regular economic reviews on Zimbabwe.
Robertson was also a director of several companies and a frequent contributor to radio and television news programmes.
He will be remembered as a fine economist who always supported his opinions and views with substantial research and statistics.
He is survived by two sons.