The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene has expressed concern over the porous state of Forbes Border Post saying it has become a major threat to business survival and policy achievement.
Addressing members of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) in Manicaland, Minister Chimene decried the porous state at the Forbes border post highlighting this has increased corruption and negatively impacted on successful implementation of policies such as the ban of second hand clothes, thus affecting business operations for many locals.
Cde Chimene added the porous entry has also become a security risk to the nation.
She implored the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Cde Patrick Chinamasa to devise ways of protecting the local industry from the influx of cheap imports.
The president of the CZI Manicaland chapter Mr Richard Chivandire echoed the effect this has had on local business.
Rampant smuggling of goods day and night at Forbes Border Post has cost the country substantial revenue.