Busi­ness in no show at Parly hear­ings

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Bianca Mlilo

THE Par­lia­men­tary Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on In­dus­try and Com­merce has called on in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies to ef­fec­tively dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion to its mem­bers on crit­i­cal mat­ters.

The call comes after the busi­ness com­mu­nity did not show up at two Par­lia­men­tary hear­ings that were slated for Vic­to­ria Falls on Mon­day and Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day to de­lib­er­ate on the Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness Com­mis­sion Bill (NCCB).

The NCCB seeks to cre­ate a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for Zim­bab­wean busi­nesses through the devel­op­ment, co­or­di­na­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of key pol­icy im­prove­ments and to re­peal the Na­tional In­comes and Pric­ing Act [Chap­ter 14:32].

The port­fo­lio com­mit­tee’s chair­per­son Mr Ed­mond Mhere told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle that the ab­sence of in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives at such fo­rums was dis­turb­ing be­cause this was an op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to air their views on the Bill.

“Yes­ter­day we were in Vic­to­ria Falls and the in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives there did not at­tend. To­day we were here (Bu­l­awayo) at the venue by 9.30AM but no­body turned up,” he said.

“After mak­ing some in­quiries, we found out that some were in­formed only yes­ter­day. We hope that after hav­ing spo­ken to them to­day, they’ll in­form their mem­bers of this and en­cour­age them to at­tend, start­ing to­mor­row in Gweru.”

Mr Mhere who is also the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Masvingo Cen­tral blamed the no-show of the busi­ness com­mu­nity on lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion within the busi­nesses as­so­ci­a­tions them­selves.

“This is the right time for in­dus­try to say what they don’t want in the Bill so that all their in­put is cap­tured.

“It is up to the stake­hold­ers to tell us what they re­ally want to see in the Bill,” he said.

The port­fo­lio com­mit­tee will be in Gweru to­day, Masvingo to­mor­row, Mutare on Fri­day and Harare the fol­low­ing day. —@Bian­caMlilo

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