Stock up for Christ­mas, re­tail­ers urged

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - An­drew Mu­vishi and Mazvita Chada

GOV­ERN­MENT is work­ing flat out to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of goods in shops es­pe­cially this fes­tive sea­son, VP Kembo Mo­hadi has said.

In a speech read on his be­half dur­ing the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe Re­tail­ers’ na­tional an­nual awards, Vice Pres­i­dent Kembo Mo­hadi said it was no­table that the re­tail and whole­sale sec­tors have cre­ated jobs for many Zim­bab­weans and some re­tail­ers are con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand their op­er­a­tions and open­ing new branches coun­try­wide.

“The tem­po­rary lift­ing of SI 122 has led to im­proved sup­ply of goods on the mar­ket as more re­tail­ers and whole­salers have be­gun to im­port goods from out­side. There are no more empty shelves as was ex­pe­ri­enced in mid-Oc­to­ber to early Novem­ber 2018.

“We en­cour­age the re­tail­ers to ad­e­quately stock and meet the re­quire­ments of the cus­tomers in this sea­son,” said VP Mo­hadi.

He added that the Gov­ern­ment was go­ing to sup­port in­dus­try to boost its ex­port abil­ity.

“Gov­ern­ment will ex­pe­dite the fi­nal­i­sa­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion pol­icy. This pol­icy is an­chored on in­creas­ing lo­cal con­tent while sup­port­ing an ag­gres­sive value ad­di­tion thrust which in­ten­si­fies the util­i­sa­tion of lo­cal re­sources,” he said.

He also ex­pressed dis­may over prop­erty own­ers and re­tail­ers who were de­mand­ing rent and charg­ing goods and ser­vices in for­eign cur­rency.

“As high­lighted in the 2019 Na­tional Bud­get State­ment by the Fi­nance and Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter de­spite the as­sis­tance availed to in­dus­try by the Gov­ern­ment some re­tail prices of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals in­clud­ing drugs for chronic ail­ments are quoted in US dol­lars or prices are four times in bond notes.

“We there­fore to urge re­tail­ers and whole­salers to heed His Ex­cel­lency’s call to prac­tice re­spon­si­ble pric­ing to pro­tect cus­tomers. On our part as Gov­ern­ment, we will con­tinue to foster a sta­ble mi­cro-eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment while de­ploy­ing con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures,” he said.

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