Na­tional Foods scores a first

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Oliver Kazunga

LO­CAL com­pa­nies should sup­port Statu­tory In­stru­ment 64 of 2016 by pro­duc­ing qual­ity prod­ucts that meet cus­tomers’ ex­pec­ta­tions to en­hance vi­a­bil­ity of in­dus­tries, an of­fi­cial said yesterday.

SI 64/2016, which re­moves sev­eral goods from the Open Gen­eral Im­port Li­cence, was pro­mul­gated by the Gov­ern­ment in June to reg­u­late im­ports in or­der to pro­tect lo­cal in­dus­try from the in­flux of im­ported prod­ucts.

Prod­ucts listed un­der the reg­u­la­tion in­clude cof­fee cream­ers, cam­phor creams, white pe­tro­leum jel­lies, body lo­tions, builders’ ware such as wheel bar­rows and iron or steel prod­ucts among others, which lo­cal in­dus­try has ca­pac­ity to pro­duce.

In an in­ter­view af­ter hand­ing over three ISO 9001 cer­tifi­cates to Na­tional Foods’ stock feed divi­sion in Bu­l­awayo yesterday, the Stan­dards As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (SAZ) tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Mr Sabas­tian Zuze said SI 64/2016 ac­cords in­dus­tries an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove on qual­ity and meet cus­tomers’ ex­pec­ta­tions.

“The Gov­ern­ment has said cer­tain goods un­der SI 64 of 2016 can­not be im­ported if we pro­duce and have the ca­pac­ity to meet lo­cal de­mand. In this light, com­pa­nies should back up the reg­u­la­tion by im­prov­ing on qual­ity,” he said.

“Nat­u­rally the in­stru­ment gives busi­nesses and com­pa­nies per­haps that were not go­ing to get back on their feet in view of stiff com­pe­ti­tion that was posed by prod­ucts listed un­der SI 64/2016, an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance de­mand for lo­cally man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts and boost­ing busi­ness vi­a­bil­ity through meet­ing cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions.”

The three ISO 9001 cer­tifi­cates, which the group’s stock feeds divi­sion re­ceived, were in recog­ni­tion for be­ing a reg­is­tered sup­plier, con­for­mity to qual­ity sys­tems as a player in the food sec­tor and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to op­er­ate at the site where the plant was lo­cated.

Since the lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of the econ­omy in Fe­bru­ary 2009, Zim­babwe has ex­pe­ri­enced an in­flux of im­ported prod­ucts mostly ba­sic com­modi­ties from South Africa ren­der­ing the lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor un­com­pet­i­tive.

SAZ is the na­tional stan­dards body.

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