A Chinese delegation on special economic zones (SEZs) has met Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the company of senior government officials.

The delegation met Cde Mnangagwa in a closed door meeting at his Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs offices at the New Government Complex in the capital this Tuesday.

Although they did not disclose the details of the meeting, the visit comes at a time when government has intensified its drive to increase local production.

Special economic zones have been co-opted into the national policy as an important growth impetus.

In November last year, President Robert Mugabe signed the Special Economic Zones Bill into law.

This law seeks to provide for the establishment of the Special Economic Zones Authority and to provide for the functions  of  the  Special  Economic  Zones  Board.

It will also focus on the establishment of special economic  zones and how they will be administered in terms of control and regulation.

Having established and developed its economy through promoting special economic zones, the Asian giant, whose economy now ranks second in the world, is providing Zimbabwe with an important blue print of how to set up the initiative.

So far three locations have been identified for setting up pilot special economic zones as the country seeks to attract foreign direct investment.

Efforts to reform the ease of doing business environment and roll out the one stop investment shop aimed at facilitating faster approval and licensing of new investments are also ongoing.