The 2019 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Congress (ZNCC) has ended with the business community stressing the need for political dialogue and collective effort in ensuring macro-economic stability.

The just concluded ZNCC congress provided a platform for the private sector and government to adopt robust and responsive strategies towards the realisation of socio-economic aspirations under vision 2030.

The business leaders highlighted the urgent need to target double digit growth rate of around 14 percent per annum and highlighted the centrality of political dialogue and collective effort in the revitalisation of the country’s economy.

Vision 2030 remains very much feasible and all we need to do is to have a collaborative approach in addressing some of the headwinds facing the domestic economy.

As part of recommendations, industry highlighted the need for the country to accelerate the re-engagement drive, strengthening the anti-corruption crusade and deepening of the state-enterprises reforms.

Meanwhile, several companies were honoured for their contribution to the revitalisation of the domestic economy during the annual ZNNC awards with some of the outstanding business people highlighting the need for the local firms and business leaders to be innovative and resilient.

We need to devise new business strategies in order to deal with the current challenges facing our industry and going forward innovation will be critical.

Among those who scooped awards include Dr Antony Clever Pote who received the business leadership award of the year while Mrs Matilda Manhambo scooped the rural businessperson of the year award.

There were two posthumous awards, the first was to the late businessman and former ZNCC president Hlanganiso Matangaidze while the late music icon Dr Oliver Mtukudzi was also honoured with a posthumous lifetime achievement award.