Govt to pro­mul­gate 13 laws to im­prove ease of doing busi­ness

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bureau

THE Govern­ment will pro­mul­gate at least 13 pieces of leg­is­la­tion in the first quar­ter of 2017 to im­prove the coun­try’s com­pet­i­tive­ness and ease of doing busi­ness as it accelerates the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ZimAs­set and the 10 Point Plan enun­ci­ated by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe last year.

The Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cabi­net will at the same time move sec­tor by sec­tor fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ease of doing busi­ness and en­sur­ing the pri­vate sec­tor plays a de­ci­sive role in the achieve­ment of ZimAs­set tar­gets and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 10 Point Plan.

This was said by the Chief Sec­re­tary to the Pres­i­dent and Cabi­net Dr Misheck Sibanda af­ter tour­ing three com­pa­nies that have made life chang­ing in­vest­ments in Harare’s Work­ing­ton in­dus­trial area in the past few years.

The com­pa­nies are Trade Kings Zim­babwe, Pure Oil In­dus­tries and Chlo­ride Zim­babwe.

Dr Sibanda was ac­com­pa­nied by his deputies Dr Ray Ndhlukula and Re­tired Colonel Chris­tian Kat­sande and se­nior of­fi­cials from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Cabi­net.

He said 2017 should be a year of prac­ti­cal de­liv­ery of ZimAs­set tar­gets and that ev­ery Govern­ment stake­holder should play a part in en­sur­ing that in­dus­try was re­vived.

“Cer­tainly, be­gin­ning next year, we are go­ing to be mov­ing faster,” he said.

“We have leg­is­la­tions that are about to be com­pleted. Thir­teen of them, which will be com­pleted by the first quar­ter of next year to make the ease of doing busi­ness more vis­i­ble. And, as I said ear­lier on, we will go sec­tor by sec­tor in­clud­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing, the agro in­dus­try, even more, the util­i­ties like Zesa, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency so that we re­duce the cost of pro­duc­tion which is caused by un­re­al­is­tic charges,” said Dr Sibanda.

“We want to com­pete with our neigh­bours rather than charg­ing un­nec­es­sary high prices – be they at coun­cil level - be­cause at times you find that those who want to in­vest also pay to the coun­cils dif­fer­ent fees or levies. We want to stan­dard­ise that. We will be go­ing sec­tor by sec­tor in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ease of doing busi­ness,” he said.

Dur­ing his first stop at Trade Kings Zim­babwe, Dr Sibanda said he was im­pressed by the mod­ern plant set up by the com­pany us­ing advanced tech­nol­ogy from Italy.

He as­sured the com­pany of full Govern­ment sup­port in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its project, which is be­ing car­ried out in three phases.

The first phase, which is the set­ting up of a de­ter­gents pro­duc­tion plant worth $15 mil­lion, was given na­tional sta­tus project.

Said Dr Sibanda: “We want to as­sure you that our job is to fa­cil­i­tate the pri­vate sec­tor to be a lead agency in our devel­op­ment process and this is why our of­fice is at the fore­front fol­low­ing the pro­nounce­ment by His Ex­cel­lency, the Pres­i­dent in his 10 Point Plan that we should ease the en­vi­ron­ment of doing busi­ness and the eas­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment of the doing busi­ness is go­ing on. We will be mov­ing very soon in the New Year, es­pe­cially in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

“If you have any chal­lenges do not hes­i­tate to come through your par­ent min­istry and we will fa­cil­i­tate to en­sure that you are fully-fledged in the short­est pos­si­ble time.”

Trade Kings Zim­babwe man­ag­ing direc­tor Mr Sayed Mahmed said they would be ex­port­ing some of their prod­ucts.

“The ca­pac­ity of the pow­der plant ex­ceeds the to­tal requirements of the Zim­bab­wean mar­ket,” he said.

“This makes us self-sus­tain­ing as a coun­try and pro­vides large po­ten­tial and ca­pac­ity for the ex­port mar­kets.”

Mr Mahmed said their aim was to de­liver truly Zim­bab­wean prod­ucts work­ing with down­stream sup­pli­ers to stim­u­late the economy.

At Pure Oil In­dus­tries, the com­pany’s man­ag­ing direc­tor Mr P K Ganedi­wal who rep­re­sented Par­ro­gate in the com­pany’s share­hold­ing, said their fo­cus was mainly on the pro­duc­tion of ba­sic com­modi­ties.

He said the com­pany had the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce seven mil­lion litres of cook­ing oil ev­ery month but short­age of soya beans was ham­per­ing progress.

“We should not be im­port­ing ba­sics and our sta­ple food,” he said. “We are also sup­port­ing farm­ers in the pro­duc­tion of soya beans and this year we are tar­get­ing 2 000 hectares un­der con­tract farm­ing.”

He said they also planned to en­gage Govern­ment with a view to go­ing di­rectly into large-scale farm­ing to pro­duce cheaper raw ma­te­ri­als.

Pure Oil In­dus­tries head of operations, Mr Rod Musiyiwa, said: “We are very grate­ful each time we see se­nior Govern­ment of­fi­cials com­ing to wit­ness what we are doing here. I think it’s a good tes­ti­mony of what can hap­pen when we com­bine ef­forts with Govern­ment. Cre­at­ing syn­er­gies like these will go a long way in cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment, a long way in im­prov­ing our economy and to make our Zim­babwe a bet­ter coun­try.”

He said the com­pany was fac­ing chal­lenges and he was happy that Dr Sibanda had as­sured them of Govern­ment’s sup­port in their operations.

ART Cor­po­ra­tion, which owns Chlo­ride Zim­babwe, said it had ben­e­fited from Govern­ment poli­cies in­clud­ing a waiver of duty on cap­i­tal equip­ment im­ports.

ART chair­man Dr Thomas Utete Ushe said they had in­vested $3 mil­lion in the past two years and their fo­cus now was to ex­pand their ex­port mar­ket for car bat­ter­ies.

Cur­rently, the com­pany is ex­port­ing to Malawi, Zam­bia and Mozam­bique and has set its eyes on An­gola.

A man who is be­lieved to have been driv­ing while chat­ting on his mo­bile phone had his car mount a pave­ment be­fore land­ing on its roof at Centenary Park in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. —Pic­ture by Stan­ley Moyo

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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