Government says it has put in place a cocktail of measures to protect local industry and increase capacity utilisation.

This was said by the Industry and Commerce Minister, Dr Mike Bimha at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) awards ceremony which was held in Mutare to honour top performing business entities.

Mutasa North legislator, Cde Luke Masamvu has been crowned the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Manicaland rural businessperson of the year at a colourful ceremony which held in Mutare to honour top performing businesses.

Mrs Molly Mupfunya, the proprietor of Milestone Group of Schools won the businesswoman of the year award, while Reverend Obadiah Musindo of Destiny of Afrika Network won the businessman of the year award.

Mr Isaiah Musabayana of Golden Crust was the 1st runner up in the businessman of the year category, with Mrs Rachael Mugwagwa being runner up in the businesswoman of the year.

City of Mutare clinched three awards in different categories, with Mutasa Rural District Council and Rusape Town Council also receiving three awards in the different local authority categories.

The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dr Mike Bimha said the government has put in place a cocktail of measures to protect the local industry and increase capacity utilisation.

Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister, Cde Supa Mandiwanzira urged business players to make use of the information communication technologies and unlock more business opportunities.

Border Timbers won the exporter of the year category, with Tanganda Tea Company being the 1st runner up.
In the enterprise development category, Mutare Polytechnic were the overall winners.