The Zimbabwe Special Economic Zones Authority (ZIMSEZA) is conducting a four day strategic planning workshop set to shape the future of the organ.

With the government having taken the full functioning of the special economic zones body, the gazetting of incentives and fees is now a matter of urgency especially with a number of viable proposals having been received.

This came out during the opening day of proceedings in Bulawayo that was graced by guest of honour, Dr Mike Bimha who is the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development.

In his key note address, Dr Bimha challenged the board and management of ZIMSEZA to come up with policies that would strengthen their institution to be effective.

Speaking during the same event, board chairman of ZIMSEZA, Dr Gideon Gono, revealed that a number of proposals have since been received and would soon be activated.

In a speech read on her behalf, Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Ambassador Angeline Masuku, believes that the special economic zone was the solution to ensuring the country’s second largest city retains its status as Zimbabwe’s economic hub.

While the need for foreign direct investment was noted for the success of the special economic zones programme, it was also revealed that locals’ participation was an important ingredient in the retooling and recapitalisation of such industries.

Meanwhile, a moment of silence in respect of those injured at White City Stadium rally was conducted at the start of the programme.