By Derick Tsimba
Government through the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has partnered Buy Zimbabwe to promote local production and consumption in a move that has a potential to reduce the country’s import bill.
On its twitter handle, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said it had partnered with Buy Zimbabwe to carry out Make Local and Buy Local campaigns across the country which commenced yesterday in Chitungwiza.
“The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has partnered with Buy Zimbabwe to conduct the Make Local and Buy Local Campaigns which are aimed at appraising various stakeholders on the importance of local production and consumption. Road shows will start on Monday 13 May 2019 kick starting with Makoni area in Chitungwiza,” said the Ministry of Industry.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, Raj Modi early this month toured Chloride Zimbabwe in Workington. Chloride Zimbabwe is a local producer of close to 25 000 batteries per month.
“Honourable Raj Modi together with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce officials conducted an appreciation factory tour at Chloride Zimbabwe in Workington. Chloride Zimbabwe is the manufacturer of automotive batteries producing about 25000 batteries per month with a monthly national demand of 25000-28000 batteries,” said the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Government continues to stand ready to assist the private sector in improving productivity, job creation and improved incomes in the country.
Buy Zimbabwe is a national awareness campaign that encourages Zimbabweans to purchase products made and grown in the country. The campaign has a potential to increase the output of production by industries and in turn reduce the country’s import bill.