The National Competitiveness Commission (NCC) board has been unveiled.

The board will spearhead the improvement of the business environment and enhance competitiveness of local firms through policy recommendations.

Driven by the desire to develop, coordinate and implement key income and pricing policies that will enhance the country’s competitiveness,  government came up with the National Competitiveness Bill which was enacted into law last month.

This prompted the parent ministry of Industry and Commerce to come up with an 11-member board which is dominated by the private sector to oversee the implementation and administration of the act for the benefit of the country’s economy.

The board comprises of seasoned industrialists from the private and public sectors who will be led by Mr Kumbirai Katsande as chairman with Mrs Tracy Mutaviri coming in as the vice chairperson.

Mr Katsande said the gesture by government is meant to bridge the gap between the private sector and state institutions who are expected to reach an agreeing point in the implementation of the board’s mandate.

The board is also mandated to continuously monitor cost drivers, review existing and new business regulations to ascertain their impact on the cost of doing business and review all price changes by the government, among other issues.

Other board members include, Demetry Psillos who is the general manager at Crystal Candy, Dr Gibson Chigumira who is the executive director for the Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit, Ellen Ruparaganda director at Competition and Tariff Commission, Elizabeth Nyagura Deputy Chief Registrar at the Department of Deeds, Companies and Intellectual Property, Charles Mujajati Director Economic Modelling in the Ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Maureen Chitewe legal practitioner, Devine Ndhlukula ZNCC president, Charles Msipa Schweppes Zimbabwe managing director and Edwin Murwira, a human resources expert.