The Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association (ZBCA) has resolved to establish an infrastructure advisory think tank to offer guidance to the government on infrastructure priorities and how to produce a competitive economic infrastructure network.

Stakeholders in the built environment who graced the just-ended ZBCA conference in Victoria Falls said the country should urgently set up an infrastructure think-tank comprising the best brains in the infrastructure and utilities sector from both the private and the public sector.

ZBCA President, Engineer Francis Mangwendeza described the conference as a success, adding that going forward there is need for smart partnerships and networks between the government and the private sector in creating a competitive infrastructure network.

“We are so pleased with the recommendations put forward by members of the association which we feel will go a long way in creating a competitive infrastructure network in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) President elect, Engineer Martin Manuhwa and ZBCA Midlands chapter chairman, Mr Tinashe Manzungu concurred on the centrality of an infrastructure think tank in guiding the maintenance and strategic expansion of the country infrastructure.

“Zimbabwe is ready for investment, it is a sleeping giant of Africa, it has great potential, wealth and the highest literacy in Africa. We need to work together as public and private sectors in creating a sound infrastructure network,” Manzungu said.

Members of the ZBCA also resolved to lobby for the promulgation of local content regulations with the parent ministry and to push the policy makers to expedite passing into law of the contractors’ bill.