Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga says the new administration will continue to prioritise pro-business policies and challenged the local industry to be innovative and to embrace the growth opportunities as the country targets to become an economic power house in the region.

Zimbabwe continues to witness a great sense of optimism in the current phase of growth and opportunity with both the private sector and government committing themselves to play their part in unlocking the full potential of the domestic economy expected to grow by at least 4.5 percent in 2018.

Guest of honour during the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) awards ceremony, Vice President Chiwenga said it is pleasing that the economic reforms by the new administration are already bearing fruit and pledged government’s commitment to prioritise pro-business policies.

“Let me assure you that the government will continue to come up with policies to support industry. I am aware that some of the policies that the new administration has put in place are bearing fruit. Businesses are at the heart of our economic transformation,” he said.

The Vice President, who challenged industry to embrace entrepreneurial spirit and to be competitive in the export market said those behind the recent terror attack unfortunately chose the wrong target and the new administration will not be deterred in delivering sustainable socio-economic transformation.

“The motive of the heinous attack was to instill fear in what have been peaceful campaigns. We are vindicated as our people continue to come in large numbers to rallies and this should send a message to detractors that they will not derail the elections,” said Vice President Chiwenga.

Matabeleland North Minister of State Ambassador Cain Mathema and the ZNCC leadership stressed the need for industry to embrace and support government economic reforms.

Several companies and individuals were honoured during the event for exhibiting entrepreneurial spirit and for their contribution to the growth of the local economy.

In the companies’ category, Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company scooped the sustainability award while TelOne received the public enterprise of the year award.

In the individual category, Mrs Salome Mutsinze got the businesswoman of the year award.