chombo ignatius 3 25-08-10.jpgThe Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo, says local authorities should play a leading role in attracting investment in their areas.

Dr Chombo was addressing stakeholders at an economic development and investment confidence meeting organised by the Mashonaland East Affirmative Action Group and the Manyame rural business community.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Dr Desire Sibanda, said Manyame Rural District Council is strategically positioned to attract investment.

Mashonaland East Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Aeneas Chigwedere, said the local authority in Manyame needs to formulate marketing strategies for agricultural products.

At the same occasion, the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made said there is need to give financial support to the agricultural sector to increase production.