$2,3m for Mat’land beef, leather value chain

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Busi­ness Reporter

THE Gov­ern­ment will soon avail a $2,3 mil­lion fa­cil­ity sourced from the African De­vel­op­ment Bank to sup­port the beef and leather value chain in Mata­bele­land.

In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Mike Bimha re­vealed this last week while of­fi­cially open­ing the just ended Con­fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe In­dus­tries an­nual congress in Bu­l­awayo.

“We’ll shortly be im­ple­ment­ing the African pri­vate sec­tor-as­sisted fund sourced from the African De­vel­op­ment Bank to the tune of $2,3 mil­lion as sup­port to the beef and leather value chain tar­get­ing Mata­bele­land,” he said.

To­wards the end of last year, AfDB promised to avail fund­ing for the sup­port of Zim­babwe’s beef and leather value chain tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance project.

The over­all ob­jec­tive of the tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance project is meant to catal­yse the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth and ad­dress Zim­babwe’s fragility through re­viv­ing the beef and leather in­dus­try.

The project in­cludes pro­vid­ing a plat­form for stake­hold­ers to di­a­logue at na­tional level to en­hance co­or­di­nated ac­tion.

Another com­po­nent of the project is the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment stream­lin­ing and re­form.

Pro­cure­ment un­der the project will in­clude ser­vices of a con­sult­ing firm to sup­port project im­ple­men­ta­tion, au­dit ser­vices to be pro­vided by an au­dit firm, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion ser­vices to be pro­vided by an in­di­vid­ual con­sul­tant. The project will also of­fer tech­ni­cal sup­port for the de­sign of a live­stock in­for­ma­tion and trace­abil­ity sys­tem as well as prepa­ra­tion of a pro­posal for dip tanks con­struc­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, among oth­ers.

At present, Zim­babwe’s leather in­dus­try is op­er­at­ing at a sub­dued ca­pac­ity de­spite mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties in mar­kets such as Sadc and the Com­mon Mar­ket for Eastern and South­ern Africa as well as over­seas.

Min­is­ter Mike Bimha

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