While the country has set economic recovery targets enunciated in a number of economic blueprints problems particularly to do with outdated machinery and lack of policy clarity continue to defeat intended results.

The recently held RBZ-World Bank Small and Medium Enterprises development conference showed that the costs of using outdated equipment are huge, defeating policies aimed at ramping up productivity.

Despite policies such as SI 64 to ensure that import substitution becomes the order of the day, the manufacturing process in many instances remains rudimentary.

While the ultimate goal is to ensure the country tackles the problem of spending millions on imports of locally produced goods there is agreement that policy frameworks guiding such initiatives must be based on formed research and consultation notes economist, Mr Peter Chikamhi.

Quality and cost effectiveness are certainly thrown out of the window when there is focus on productivity.

Policies have not been holistic in arresting the need on one hand to achieve self sufficiency while balance the reality that Zimbabwe is not operating in isolation says economist, Mr Talent Bandamakara.

The country too is in an unviable position where it has crafted good policies that have seen many countries achieve notable growth after adopting and replicating them.

At the end of the day it is evident that policy formulation and implementation in some cases remain in total disharmony with no clear time frames well spelt objectives and budgets for execution.