Rural district councils (RDCs) have recorded impressive strides to improve the ease of doing business on policy and legislation under the first 100 days of the rapid results approach.
This comes as the government’s thrust to improve the ease of doing business continues to bear fruit.
The rapid results initiative, which was extended to rural district councils in May this year, has recorded progress to improve some impeding bottlenecks that made rural councils unattractive for investment as reflected in the first 100 days review presented in Harare this Thursday.
The national dashboard for local authorities that outlines the goals set to be achieved in the first 100 days paints a positive outlook which can be critical to curb the challenge of rural to urban migration.
To date, the local authorities stand proud of having successfully recalled the local government bill to allow them to input their ideas and concerns before it sails through parliament.
Provision of internet services for local authorities is also among the notable strides achieved by local authorities, with 82 percent of local authorities setting up non-interactive websites.
The government is impressed by the progress achieved by the local authorities, but has emphasized that this should be complemented by enhanced road infrastructure as highlighted by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, in a speech presented by the Principal Director, Mr Christopher Shumba.
Notable progress has also been registered in public awareness and capacity building as reflected by the increased visibility of local authorities at various media and exhibition forums as they market their investment packages.
An improved investment climate at local authority is envisaged to play a leading role in curbing rural to urban migration, which augurs well with the drive towards total economic empowerment for the majority.