Industry and Commerce minister, Dr Mike Bimha has urged local business people to improve their operating environment and enhance competitiveness if the country is to obtain fair share of global wealth.
Speaking at the inauguration of the National Competitiveness Commission board members, Bimha said government remains firm on its commitment to lay a solid foundation for sustainable development of the country.
“Government remains firm on its commitment to lay a solid foundation for sustainable development of a more prosperous future for our country.
“The inauguration of this board today is a manifestation of this commitment; indeed it marks a turning point of our quest to accelerate our country’s economic competitiveness and transformation,” said Bimha.
Meanwhile Bimha urged the National Competitiveness Commission to do their job on schedule and in accordance with the terms of reference.
“This board therefore owes this nation to execute its mandate transparently and diligently expect that you will carry out your assignment on schedule and in accordance with the terms of reference.
“I also expect to see further improvements in both our competitiveness and ease of doing business rankings in the months ahead,” said Bimha.
The 11 member board will be chaired by Kumbirai Chiimba Katsande who will be deputised by Tracy Mutaviri.
Meanwhile the new board has appealed for Ministry of Industry and Commerce and government support.
“This is a task not even for one entity but we need the support of the Ministry and the whole of government and the private sector is going to be the very useful source of support so in the next few days we are going to the Ministry and get a briefing as to how we are expected to roll out the work of the new board,” said Katsande.
According to Bimha, the guiding objective of the competitiveness commission is to enhance Zimbabwe’s competitiveness through proposing policy recommendations that create an attractive economy to both domestic and foreign investments.