The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dr Sithembiso G.G Nyoni has urged the business community to collaborate with the Government in coming up with strategies and initiatives that would promote inclusive industrial development.
Speaking during the Stakeholders Interface Breakfast Meeting held at Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare recently the Minister said the success of sustained industrial development lies in collaboration and engagement.
“I firmly believe that the success of our Ministry lies in the collaboration and engagement with all stakeholders. Your perspectives, insights and expertise are invaluable in shaping our policies and strategies.
“We would like to consolidate the gains achieved so far and come up with strategies and initiatives that foster industrial development and contribute to the achievements of sustainable inclusive growth,” said Dr Nyoni.
She added that the strategies and policies that the Government was putting in place were also meant to ensure that the country derives real value from its natural resources endowments through exporting processed quality products.
“Zimbabwe is richly endowed with fertile farmlands and mineral resources. Our sectoral development strategies are therefore crafted, to promote value addition and beneficiation of agricultural produce and minerals, creating high-value products and increasing export earnings,” said Minister Nyoni.
She also emphasized on the collaboration between Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and large corporations from various sectors saying this would help them grow.
“My Ministry will promote linkages with other sectors of the economy, including strengthening the linkages between Small and Medium Enterprises and large corporations in manufacturing as well as those in retail and wholesale sectors.
“Indeed, not to emphasise the importance of supporting and promoting the growth of SMEs through access to finance, capacity building and market opportunities,” she said.
Speaking during the Stakeholders Interface Breakfast Meeting, the Chief Executive Officer for Buy Zimbabwe, Mr Alois Burutsa urged stakeholders to collectively promote the Buy Zimbabwe initiative.
“I encourage other Government departments to support local companies by buying products which are produced locally instead of importing the same products that our local companies are producing.
“Let us start doing that and drive the Buy Zimbabwe initiative,” said Mr Burutsa.
Mr Patrick Munyaradzi, the Chairman of the Bus and Truck value chain also encouraged stakeholders to buy from local suppliers to support local businesses.
“We have revived local assembling plants of buses and trucks. We have established component manufacturing processes, some of them being SMEs. We thank the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for their support. The off-takers of buses and trucks, we encourage them to buy from our local assembling plants,” said Mr Munyaradzi.
Ms Nomhle Mujakachi, a representative from the Fashion Council thanked the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dr Nyoni saying: “I really liked what you said regarding inclusive approach. We will be engaging you to see how we can promote the fashion business across the textile and fashion industry.”