zimtrade1.jpgTrade promotion body ZimTrade has bemoaned the slow pace of implementing reforms under the rapid results initiative in the drive to increase exports.

While government undertook to reform trade legislation under the rapid results initiative, implementation has been slow.

22 pieces of legislation need to be reviewed to ease doing of export in business.

ZimTrade chief executive officer, Ms Sithembile Pilime says stakeholders have shown serious commitment to reform but with little progress.

Chairperson of the thematic group on legislation, Mr Benson Ntini said some areas which require reform do not even involve policy but require small actions like reducing the number of traffic roadblocks.

Between January and March exports fell 13 percent while imports ballooned 37 percent creating greater urgency for implementing trade reforms.