Articles tagged 'industry and commerce ministry'

Zim imports rise 4pc 9 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's imports rose by 4 percent from  $2,07 billion recorded during the first five months of 2016 to US$2,14 billion during the same period in 2017. The main imports are motor vehicles and machinery, fuel and foodstuffs, with South Africa and China as the main import partners. ...
Govt's policy confusion continues 23 May 2017 HARARE - The fatal policy inconsistencies of President Robert Mugabe's ever-blundering government — which have left the Zimbabwean economy on its knees — have once again been cruelly exposed. This comes after Industry and Commerce minister Mika Bimha said yesterday that the ban on the importat...
How Zim traders dodge imports ban 27 August 2016 JOHANNESBURG - On June 17‚ Zimbabwe's authorities imposed restrictions on imports of foreign dental fillings‚ kitchen sinks‚ baby formulae‚ pencils and much more. Cross-border vendors‚ dependent on this trade to survive‚ have become desperate. Long distance buses with empty trailers can now...
'Imports ban will fuel smuggling' 22 August 2016 HARARE - Industry has said government's recent import restrictions are going to fuel more smuggling into the country, amid indications that Zimbabwe lost an estimated $1 billion to the scourge last year. Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) executive director, Rosemary Siyachitema and Zimbabwe N...
Zim dithers on imports ban 16 August 2016 HARARE - Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha says government is mulling removing some of the items that it included on the imports ban as it works to pacify local traders and affected companies. This comes as a government committee working on the goods that South Africa wants exempted fr...
Mugabe acts tough on imports ban 9 August 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has defended its controversial imports ban which it says will bring stability to its distressed manufacturing industries despite causing a rift with South Africa (SA). The imports ban, invoked through Statutory Instrument (SI64) in June by government, is a subject of negotiat...
Zim, SA trade war threatens 7 August 2016 HARARE - A miffed Pretoria has given President Robert Mugabe's under-fire government a three-week ultimatum to either revoke or negotiate properly its controversial ban on the importation of basic consumer goods from South Africa, or face the consequences. The looming trade war between Zimbabw...
Complete border shutdown looms 5 August 2016 HARARE - With local and regional small traders and transporters planning to shut down all of the country's borders from Monday next week onwards, unless the government lifts its controversial imports ban, Zimbabwe could be plunged into unprecedented chaos — including suffering debilitating shorta...
Mujuru hits Mugabe with imports lawsuit 31 July 2016 HARARE - Former Vice President and now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, has filed a lawsuit against President Robert Mugabe and his administration over the government's controversial import ban on basic consumer goods. This comes as it emerged last week that South Africa is se...
Zim, SA trade war looms over imports 26 July 2016 HARARE - The government is headed for further collision not only with small traders and ordinary Zimbabweans, but also with its biggest trading partner, South Africa (SA). This comes after Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha said yesterday that the government was considering widening the...
Zambia challenges Zim imports ban 19 July 2016 HARARE - Zambian businesses have urged their government to consider increasing import taxes on goods from Zimbabwe to create a level playing field for trade. This was after Zimbabwe recently made an ill-advised move to “restrict trade” as part of strategies to support the development of local ...
$2 Chinese wheelbarrows prompted imports ban 12 July 2016 MUTARE - Government was forced to impose restrictions on imports of basic goods after discovering a Chinese wheelbarrow arriving at the border at $1,98, a government official has claimed. Industry and Commerce permanent secretary Abigail Shonhiwa told a Buy Zimbabwe traders summit that the som...
Govt weighs between imports ban, tariff hike 11 July 2016 MUTARE - Government is in the process of evaluating what would work better for the country between tariff increases and import restrictions, ministry of Industry and Commerce permanent secretary Abigail Shonhiwa told a Buy Zimbabwe traders summit here last week. Shonhiwa said they have noted w...
Mnangagwa scoffs at Beitbridge rioters 10 July 2016 MUTARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has scoffed at the recent import restriction protests that rocked Beitbridge Border Post in which a warehouse was torched and 72 people were arrested as ''petty;' while deriding local protestors as ''dim-wits''. Officially opening the Sixth Buy Local ...
'Imports ban isolates Zim' 10 July 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's partial ban of the import of some basic commodities has the potential of leaving the country isolated from other Southern African countries analysts have said. There has been discord in President Robert Mugabe's government over the ban — and the situation was worsened when ...
Confusion over imports ban 8 July 2016 MUTARE - Industry and Commerce permanent secretary Abigail Shonhiwa has contradicted government ministers over the recent ban of imports of some basic commodities saying the removal of selected goods from the open general import licence was only meant for commercial imports and not a blanket ban ...
Industry ministry in $24m scam 19 August 2015 HARARE - The Industry and Commerce ministry has been implicated in a $24 million scandal after it offered loans to struggling Ziscosteel (Zisco) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) without following due process, a report from the auditor and comptroller general shows. In her narra...