CZI in companies census…move meant to tackle industrialisation


THE Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) Matabeleland chapter has roped in tertiary institutions to conduct a census for all operational companies in the region as it moves towards engaging government to tackle deindustrialisation.

CZI Matabeleland Chapter president Shepherd Chawira said the census, which began in November last year, would be completed within six months.

Chawira said the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) has been tasked with covering Bulawayo Province, with Gwanda State University concentrating on Gwanda, and the rest of Matabeleland South Province, while Lupane State University (LSU) would be responsible for Matabeleland North Province.

“The census started in November. We are waiting for feedback from the universities on the progress made to date.

“One the census is complete, we will group the companies in sectors and from there, we will work with the sectors to identify challenges and how these can be addressed by engaging authorities and policy makers.

“As CZI, our thrust is to work with and through sectors to address impediments to survival and growth in each sector,” Chawira told the Daily News at the weekend.

Chawira said the manufacturing sector was targeting to contribute 30 percent towards the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the current figure of about 12 percent.

For this to be achieved, Chawira said there was need for policy consistency whose lack thereof continues to haunt the manufacturing sector.

Currently, capacity utilisation for the manufacturing sector continues to fall, having declined from 48 percent to 36,4 percent in 2019.

“We believe that the task of industrial development is all-encompassing and needs an all stakeholders approach,” explained Chawira.

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