CZI car­ries out SI 64 sur­vey

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

IN­DUS­TRY lobby group, the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe In­dus­tries (CZI) has started car­ry­ing out a sur­vey to as­sess the im­pact of Statu­tory In­stru­ment (SI) 64 of 2016 on the coun­try’s man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

Al­ready some snap sur­veys have shown in­creased stock­ing of lo­cal prod­ucts in shops with some op­er­a­tors record­ing brisk busi­ness.

The Gov­ern­ment en­acted SI 64/2016 in June this year as part of mea­sures to con­trol ram­pant im­ports that had flooded the mar­ket and threat­en­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of lo­cal firms.

A num­ber of prod­ucts, which are man­u­fac­tured lo­cally, were re­moved from the open gen­eral im­port li­cence and this in­cluded se­lected pro­cessed foods, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, fur­ni­ture and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts.

CZI pres­i­dent Mr Bu­sisa Moyo called on play­ers in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor to take part in the sur­vey, which he said will de­ter­mine the in­dus­trial lobby group’s course of ac­tion go­ing for­ward.

“There is a SI 64 (of 2016) sur­vey, which we are con­duct­ing to as­sess the im­pact of the piece of leg­is­la­tion to stim­u­late lo­cal pro­duc­tion.

“I want to en­cour­age our mem­bers to re­spond pos­i­tively to this call be­cause we want to come up with a ro­bust re­port, which will help us to strate­gise for the fu­ture,” he said.

e CZI boss said his or­gan­i­sa­tion will soon be launch­ing a ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion sur­vey to­gether with the busi­ness con­fi­dence in­dex.

Mean­while, CZI will in Novem­ber hold an expo in Harare where lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers will show­case their prod­ucts.

“The think­ing be­hind that expo is to say that the pub­lic does not know the goods that are man­u­fac­tured lo­cally and so we would like to show­case lo­cally man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts and get them into the eye of the pub­lic.

“There are some peo­ple who say there is no in­dus­try in Zim­babwe but we are say­ing we are very much alive de­spite the chal­lenges and there­fore we would like to show­case our prod­ucts,” Mr Moyo said.

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