Govt goes lo­cal on ve­hi­cles

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sharon Mun­jen­jema Heather Charema in Chegutu

GOV­ERN­MENT is push­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pol­icy to com­pel all min­istries, de­part­ments and parastatals to pur­chase ve­hi­cles from lo­cal as­sem­blers.

To this end, the In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­istry has al­ready launched the Mo­tor In­dus­try Devel­op­ment Pol­icy.

There are plans to economise use of for­eign currency by en­sur­ing Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and parastatals pur­chase ve­hi­cles lo­cally. It is es­ti­mated that over $20 mil­lion is needed by Gov­ern­ment to pur­chase ve­hi­cles for min­is­ters and leg­is­la­tors.

Speak­ing to The Sun­day Mail re­cently, In­dus­try and Com­merce Min­is­ter Man­gal­iso Ndlovu said of the Mo­tor In­dus­try Pol­icy: “It is a pol­icy that we are work­ing on. It can­not be a le­gal frame­work to make it manda­tory for peo­ple to pur­chase lo­cally, but what we are say­ing is we are push­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pol­icy by per­suad­ing those in author­ity to pur­chase the ve­hi­cles lo­cally.”

Min­is­ter Ndlovu said a com­mit­tee would steer di­a­logue be­tween Gov­ern­ment and the mo­tor in­dus­try to en­sure the goals of the pol­icy are re­alised.

“The mo­tor in­dus­try is cru­cial sec­tor which we want to pri­ori­tise this com­ing year. Re­cently we had a mo­tor in­dus­try con­fer­ence and the pol­icy was at the cen­tre of dis­cus­sions. We have formed a tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee of play­ers in the mo­tor in­dus­try which will be re­port­ing back to me so we can set that pol­icy in mo­tion. I have asked them to do a break-down of ex­pec­ta­tions in each sub-sec­tor.”

Mo­tor In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Mr Sim­pli­sio Shamba said while there had been some setbacks in im­ple­ment­ing the pol­icy, tar­gets were still on track.

“The first stages of things that should be done by De­cem­ber 2018; we are still in line,” he said. “For in­stance, if you look at the im­ple­men­ta­tion ma­trix, CKD (com­pletely knocked down) and SKD (semi­knocked down) as laid out in Statutory In­stru­ment I13 of 1999 and Statutory In­stru­ment 136 of 2016 were re­viewed to be up to date with times and we stan­dard­ised cur­ren­cies.”

Mr Shamba urged Gov­ern­ment to con­sider mak­ing lo­cal pro­cure­ment of ve­hi­cles by its de­part­ments manda­tory.

Other tar­gets of the Mo­tor In­dus­try and Devel­op­ment Pol­icy in­clude in­creas­ing ex­ports of lo­cally as­sem­bled ve­hi­cles from zero to 50 per­cent by 2030.

There are also plans to re­strict the age of sec­ond-hand ve­hi­cle im­ports, with the to­tal­ity of the pol­icy ex­pected to cre­ate close to 20 000 jobs.

Min­is­ter Ndlovu

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