ED in inaugural private sector interactive meeting

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ED in inaugural private sector interactive meeting

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 15, 2018

    Charity Ruzvidzo

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday met captains of industry in Harare where he called for an enhanced working relationship with government to foster economic growth.

    Mnangagwa said it was pivotal for the private sector to complement government’s efforts to turnaround the economy.

    “To fulfil our dreams and achieve the desired socio-economic development, there are a number of things we ought to do right. It is collective responsibility and effort of all Zimbabweans here at home and those in the diaspora to put our heads together in search of a winning formula. I am certain that with the right mind-set, right policies, a conducive business environment, an enabling infrastructure and most importantly, an aggressive private sector, nothing stands in the way of achieving what we set out to achieve,” Mnangagwa said.

    He said the corporation between the private sector and the government can only bring victory.

    “We yearn for a prosperous, growing middle class economy in 2013 with decent jobs, free from poverty and corruption. You, our private sector should be at the forefront in building this Zimbabwe which we can all be proud of. As custodians of means of production and leaders in the private sector l exhort you to continue to be resilient, to be buoyant and strive to resuscitate companies, maintain ailing ones and establish new ones.”

    The President said government is aimed at ensuring policy clarity and cohesion to promote investments in the country.

    “Government is seized with the operationalisation of One Step Shop Investment Centre (OSSIC) where the relevant government agencies are housed under one roof, coordinated and streamlined to provide efficient and transparent services for potential investors,” said Mnangagwa.

    The ZCFU president Wonder Chabikwa implored government to provide funding for farmers.

    “Farmers used to have an Agricultural Bank were they could get loans. This enabled them to get resources and produce at a larger scale. We would like government to provide funding for farmers,” he said.

    The inaugural interactive meeting was attended by several business organisations that include International Conference Centre – which was attended by representatives of businesses such as the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), Bank Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ), Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC), Zimbabwe Chamber of SMEs, Zimbabwe Council of Tourism, and Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union.

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