The government says ease of doing business reforms are critical for economic development through increasing export receipts.

Officially opening the end of second 100 days review meeting in Harare today, the Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Ray Ndhlukula said despite a number of challenges, exports remain critical for the growth of the local economy.

The Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Chiratidzo Mabuwa said a number of recommendations have been put forward but slow progress in the implementation of the reforms has been a major challenge.

ZIMTRADE CEO, Ms Stembile Pilime, whose organisation is leading the ease of doing export business, added that a lot of work needs to be done to ensure that all recommendations are adopted by stakeholders for the nation to realise increase exports.

The two thematic committees set out under the ease of doing business reforms are the export regulations, procedures and permits and the export capacity mandated to look at obsolete equipment, high utility costs, corruption, bureaucracy and high cost of export documentation.