'Import ban must not go beyond Dec 21'

HARARE - Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has said the lift of a ban on the import of basic goods and foodstuffs must not go beyond December 21.

The lift of a ban imposed on imports of many basic goods in 2016 was aimed at curbing shortages after shelves were emptied over panic buying amid a dollar crunch. 

CZI president Sibelani Jabangwe said the roll back of the ban would derail the ongoing nascent recovery of the manufacturing base and the projected economic growth of 6,3 percent this year.

“We believe that this growth has been partly as a result of SI64 and SI122 (Statutory Instrument 164 and 122). These instruments had a positive impact on various sectors. We actually believe that the full impact of the success of these statutes was about to be fully realised,” Jabangwe said.

He said CZI was “concerned by SI 122 suspension.”

“However, we do understand why government had to suspend it. Although we support the measure, we believe that it should not go beyond December 21. We believe that government should allow us to source foreign currency to fund local manufactures so that they can start to provide adequate goods and products,” Jabangwe said.

Comments (6)

Its a pity our government because of its ill-advised populist policies of patronage will give an ear to people like this Jabangwe chap. Never again should our government be one of control and ban - our economic recovery is hinged on full liberalisation of the economy. People like Jabangwe misusing the CZI membership authored the instrument on ban of imports only for selfish reasons of creating cartels and monopoly and conniving on prices to the detriment of the consumer. If the CZI wants to be relevant going forward it must first clean its image and get rid of such self-centred individuals, lobby the Government holistically on how best they can be assisted to compete in the market. One good example is asking government to eliminate/reduce business input costs - the various taxes and levies

Sinyo - 5 November 2018

So right Sinyo. Protection at the expense of the consumer is greedy and cruel. Remember that you are into business and not charity work.

Godfrey - 5 November 2018

Imports must be allowed only your prices will ban them

Talent - 6 November 2018

This Jabangwe thing has failed to stop his fellow business people in the manufacturing sector not to play political games. How can you be protected by SI 122 when you can not meet the local demand or holding the nation at ransom with unwarranted excuses. That SI must remain lifted and those who want to do proper business will have to fight for their survival not through restriction of imports. We are tired of your behavior. How can we wake up to find shelves empty without cooking oil bathing soap baby cereals just mention a few. Now your prices are beyond our reach and you want to continue be protected. No ways this SI must be removed forever, until good business ethics are being observed.

shunguhadziurayi - 6 November 2018

Why not beyond 21 December, would the conduct of your membership have changed to the good. Your unethical business practices invited this upon your fellows. Consumers cannot be held to ransom with your selfish "business interest'

CZI i Mbudzi - 7 November 2018

So you can overcharge and shortchange people in the name of building your businesses? Why dont you address the real reasons your products cannot compete against imports?

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 8 November 2018

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