czi ceo-mr clifford sileya 05-09-10.jpgIndustry revival strategies as well as implementation of the indigenisation regulations are some of the issues to take centre stage when members of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) convene for the Annual General Meeting set for Harare this Thursday.

The CZI meeting comes at a time when there have been notable developments in local industry including the marginal increase in production levels in the manufacturing sector to over 40% from low levels of around 20% capacity utilisation in 2009.

C ZI Chief Executive Officer, Mr Clifford Sileya, who expressed satisfaction at the performance of the body last year, said the platform will give members of the association an opportunity to craft strategies aimed at enhancing the functions of the body.

“It has indeed been a productive year. We intensified our engagement with key stakeholders including the government on several issues such as the indigenisation regulations, power and other key variables. We are optimistic that the platform will see the formulation of strategies towards increased productivity,” Mr Sileya said.

Information gathered by ZBC News suggests that the current CZI president, Mr Joseph Kanyekanye is set to retain the presidency.

Other candidates for the top post include Mr Kurai Machesa and Mr Alex Johnson.

Former presidents; Kumbirai Katsande, Antony Mandiwanza and Calisto Jokonya have been nominated for the CZI National Council.

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, whose mandate is to lobby for industry concerns and advise industry on operational issues, has been instrumental in sourcing funds for the industry as well as engagement with relevant stakeholders including government over the past years.