Day: July 6, 2017

Govt clarifies SI 64 position

The government has clarified its position on the future of the Statutory Instrument (SI) 64 of 2016, highlighting that, contrary to suggestions that the import substitution policy will be replaced by local content programme, the state will ensure that future policies are geared at complementing SI 64. The Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr Mike Bimha told captains of industry attending the ongoing 7th Buy Local Summit and Investment Summit that as the country formulates the local content policy, the government will maintain SI 64 in place. Dr Bimha noted that the crafting of the local content policy needs...

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Govt lauds PPPs in housing delivery

The government says it will continue to pursue public private partnerships (PPPs) in leveraging resources for delivery of low cost housing and social amenities in line with the national housing delivery programme (2014 – 2018). Officiating at the handover of high to medium density residential stands serviced by a local bank in Victoria Falls’ Mukosana buffer area, the Deputy Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Christopher Chingosho (in red tie on the picture) said there is need for both the government and the private sector to accelerate the roll out of housing projects and funding...

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ZPCS bemoans lack of irrigation equipment

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has revealed that it has the potential to  produce enough food to feed inmates and surplus for sale if it is capacitated with irrigation facilities at its 23 farms countrywide. An Officers Commanding and Farm Managers Indaba is currently underway in Masvingo where the ZPCS has put its 23 farms dotted across the country under scrutiny. In the 2016-17 season, the organisation planted 671 hectares of maize under the Command Agriculture Scheme, with an additional 166 hectares funded internally. ZPCS Commissioner General, Retired Major General Paradzayi Zimondi said the major drawback in...

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Govt launches revised national gender policy

The government has launched a revised National Gender Policy which seeks to address emerging issues prevailing under the changing political, economic and social context at local and global levels. The government adopted the first National Gender Policy in 2004 with a view of achieving gender equality and equity, but new priorities were set out with the new developments at national and international levels which include the adoption of ZIMASSET, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063. These developments among others led to the revision of the 2004 National Gender Policy. Speaking at the official launch...

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NECF works on national competitiveness report

The National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) is crafting the 2017 Zimbabwe National Competitiveness Report which will guide the decision making process of both domestic and foreign investors. The drafting of the  third edition of the report comes at a time NECF has reached a milestone 20 years of fostering public and private sector dialogue to drive economic growth. NECF Executive Director, Mr Norman Chakanetsa told the ZBC News that a number of milestones have been attained in the 20 years comprising the competitiveness report, the 1st ever framework on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which led to formation of...

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Skills training for women, youths bears fruit

Women and youths from Harare, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland provinces have embarked on various self-sustenance projects upon acquiring comprehensive skills training and funding from a local non-governmental organisation. It is against the background of rising unemployment levels among youths that a local non-governmental organisation, Institute for Youth in Africa is transforming lives at various levels by empowering women and youths with skills training and funding through a programme called ‘One Africa.’ The community based programme, which commenced in 2016, has seen over 1000 women and youths from Harare, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland provinces embarking on various initiatives such as fisheries, detergent making, chicken rearing, health care services, sport and music, among others. Women and youths who are empowered become solutions to poverty, poor health and vulnerability for their families within their communities. Zimbabwe has made strides over the years to empower women and youths by formulating strategies that ensure they fully participate in economic...

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WALPG explores Zim market

World Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (WALPG) says there is greater investment opportunities in Zimbabwe owing to the increased uptake of LP gas in the country. LP gas has been widely used as it is regarded as a cheaper alternative to electricity and its demand in Zimbabwe rose from 5 million cubic meters in 2012 to 15 million cubic meters this year. Speaking to the ZBC News in Harare today, WALPG Deputy Managing Director, Michael Kelly, who is in the country to explore the Zimbabwean LP gas market, said there is great potential in Zimbabwe given the existing foundation of the industry. Chairman of the Liquid Petroleum Gas Association, Mr Ronald Ndoro revealed that the association has already licensed 16 wholesalers and 60 retailers of LP gas in the country and is looking forward to license more. The LP gas industry has gained traction in Zimbabwe lately given that it is affordable and is a sustainable energy....

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Sanganai-Hlanganani tourism expo draws closer

As the 2017 Sanganai – Hlanganani World Tourism Expo draws closer, tourism players in the country have been called upon to come on board and exhibit at the event, which is set for the ZITF grounds in Bulawayo from the 29th of September to the 1st of October. This year’s edition of tourism expo will start with the commemorations of the World Tourism Day on 27 September where the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has partnered with the organisers of Intwasa Arts Festival to celebrate the tourism day. This was confirmed Mrs Tesa Chikaponya, the Executive Director in charge of...

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Mat North launches command fisheries

Matabeleland North Province has launched the command fisheries programme at Bubi-Lupane dam with a view to improve food fish and commercial fish production in the province. The command fisheries programme is also expected to benefit Lupane State University as it will avail opportunities for the institution to use the facility to perfect students’ fish processing skills. In a speech read on his behalf, Matabeleland North Minister of State, Ambassador Cain Mathema, said while communities have welcomed the programme for the purposes of food security, there is need to adopt the permit system to ensure the protection of the natural...

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Calls to protect informal sector

The need to promote social security on the informal sector and develop it as a convenient low cost way of creating employment in African countries took centre stage at the just ended African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) workshop in Harare. Addressing delegates at the closing ceremony of the three-day labour conference, the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Tapiwanashe Matangaidze noted that employees from the informal sector have the right to health, safe working conditions and access to social protection schemes just like the formal workers. He implored the need to come up with policies and strategies that incorporate both sectors. The workshop which saw representatives from nine African countries in the labour sector converging in Harare, also focused on options to extend social security coverage to the informal economy, labour best practices and the recommendations offered by international labour organisations.  ...

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