Zimtrade pushes for ease-of-doing-business

By Rungano Dzikira

Zimtrade has intensified efforts to ease doing business as efforts to energize exports through local Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), manufacturing and industrial sector build up.

Zimtrade together with the Government says they have made strides towards synergizing efforts by incorporating different stakeholders and ministries to ease doing business in order to achieve significant economic growth in the economy.

Speaking in the capital, during the Doing Business Reforms in Zimbabwe 2020 Programme Launch, this Thursday, Zimtrade Export Development Manager, Tendai Marume said there was need to continue improving the export climate in the country and such programmes were the best way to go about it.

“The ease of doing business reforms are aimed at restoring confidence among foreign investors, industry, commerce and other stakeholders in the recovery of the economy. As such, Zimtrade is working with all involved stakeholders to improve ease-of-doing-business,” he said.

“Zimbabwe is poorly ranked when it comes to ease of doing business, hence Zimtrade has been synergizing any efforts to drive and improve the business climate in the country,” he added.

Currently Government together with Zimtrade is said to be working closely with other government agencies and exporters to simplify trade procedures to enable smooth movement of goods across borders.

“Over the next 4 weeks, we will be conducting a marketing and branding for international competitiveness training in collaboration with SMEs, such that after the training, local SMEs will be competitive on the global export market.”

Zimbabwe is ranked 161 out of 191, according to the World Bank’s Annual Ease of Doing Business Index, as such, the move by government to intensify efforts towards creating a favourable business environment conducive for business development and transformation of the economy.