Major milestones have been recorded by local authorities on administrative issues within the first half of the 100 days on ease of doing business in line with the governments thrust to ensure a conducive business operating environment.

Among the critical strides achieved by local authorities in the 100 days is the reduction of the number of days in processing a business permit or shop licences from 90 to 5 days.

National dashboard team leader, Mrs Lucy Furamera highlighted other key areas of success by the local authorities during a midterm review meeting jointly hosted by the Office of the President and Cabinet in the capital.

Legislative and regulatory challenges still persist with government stating that this requires immediate attention notes the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion of National Culture and Heritage, Mr George Magosvongwe.

Government also believes the mandate to improve the country’s rankings from the current 161 out of 190 lies with revamped performance and a shift of attitude  by local authorities as alluded by the senior principal director responsible for modernisation in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Mr Solomon Mhlanga.

Since last year, the country has embarked on intensive strategies to improve the ease of doing business across every sector under the rapid results initiative.