Government has called upon business leaders to be innovative so as to enhance competitiveness and stimulate economic growth.

As industry explores ways to overcome the slowdown in trade against a rise in e-commerce, government has called for business leaders to be more innovative.

Officiating at the annual business leadership and enterprise competitiveness summit, Harare Metropolitan Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Mirriam Chikukwa said innovation is key if Zimbabwe is to beneficiate products as outlined in the ZIM ASSET blueprint and SADC industrialisation agenda 2030.

Top business leaders were awarded for groundbreaking achievements in their respective areas with Seedco Zimbabwe managing director Mr Denias Zaranyika who is also African Seed Trade Association president getting the top business leader award for the agriculture sector.

Mr Zaranyika said his organisation sees opportunities to feed the nation where others see hunger.

Chitungwiza Central Hospital chief executive officer Mr Obadiah Moyo was awarded top business leader in the health category highlighting that the award comes at a time the organisation is striving to be a centre for excellence in treatment of kidney problems.

Leaders in construction, mining, transport and public service were also recognized.

Business leadership and enterprise competitiveness summit organiser Mr Kingstone Khanyile said the modern business landscape calls for collaboration between traditional players and new stream thinkers to transform industries into sustainable growth engines.