The 9th parliament will in 2019 give priority to dealing with pieces of legislation that promote the ease of doing business in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 that has set Zimbabwe to achieve an upper middle income economy.

It will not be business as usual when the 9th parliament resumes business in 2019 as 37 pieces of legislation will be tabled for debate.

Parliamentarians failed to deal with several bills since the 9th parliament was officially opened in September as the august house was seized with budget issues.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says out of the 37 pieces of legislation, priority will be given to pass, realign and amend critical bills and laws which promote ease of doing business in line with Vision 2030.

“Because of budget issues which we were seized with since the official opening of the 9th parliament, the review of the Mines and Minerals Act which was referred back by President, should have not taken time. So as we resume business in January, the Zimbabwe Investment and Agency Bill will be tackled.

“We want to make sure we deal with all the 37 pieces of legislation before end of next year, and priority will  be given to laws which promote ease of doing business as President Mnangagwa wants to promote more investment and re-engagement,” said Minister Ziyambi.

Apart from the business laws, some of the pieces of legislation to be dealt with include the Devolution Bill and the harmonisation of the Child Marriages Act.

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act is already being re-looked at the stakeholder stage by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services while the Public Order and Security Act is also expected to be reviewed by the Home Affairs Ministry for amendment by parliament.