President Emmerson Mnangagwa says focus should now be more on business and the revival of economy and not politics.

President Mnangagwa said this when he officially opened the 8th Buy Zimbabwe Summit in Gweru.

He also reaffirmed government’s commitment to create an environment that encourages economic growth.

Buying local goods and services to reverse the current negative trade balance of import value that exceed exports should be a priority for the country.

This was the clear message that the 8th Buy Zimbabwe Summit transmitted during glamorous event that brought together captains of industry, consumers, mining giants and representatives of the employees to celebrate and honour the country’s top brands. 

Guest speaker President Mnangagwa pledged government’s commitment in creating a conducive environment that can stimulate economic growth.

He commended the Buy Zimbabwe team for creating a platform that influences economic policies and drive the buy local message, and encouraged people to take advantage of the opportunities that government is availing through its engagement.

“My government is committed to support local industry and continue facilitating an environment that encourages the growth of the private sector. To this end i challenge the private sector on its part to be alive to their obligation to grow the economy. Our economy must continue to be given due attention it is now about economics, business and with politics in the passenger’s seat .I further urge you individually and collectively within your various business member organisations to be united and well coordinated so that you take full advantage of the opportunities that government is availing through its engagement and re-engagement initiative equally,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President also called on the local industry to produce quality brands that meet international standards.

“Our products should compete with those from the region in terms of pricing supply and quality. I therefore exhort those responsible for quality certification to ensure that locally produced goods meet international standards,” he said.

Buy Zimbabwe chairman Anxious Masuka reiterated the need for the nation to buy local goods and restore the country’s pride in the region and beyond.

Buy Zimbabwe celebrated and honoured quality and unique local brands.

Brands that came out tops include KDV Bedding under the furniture category, Lake Harvest, Dendairy, Nestle Zimbabwe, Eversharp – the leading manufacturer of ballpoints and other stationery.

Afdis dominated the beverages category while Afrosoft came out tops in the ICT category among others.

The 8th Buy Zimbabwe Summit was held under the theme, “Competitiveness and Retaining Local Preference in an Open Economy”.