(Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by zimdaily)
HARARE – The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) annual congress set for next week seeks to align and reach consensus on the complementary business and policy imperatives for achieving industrial and economic transformation and growth.
The congress will take place from 10 November 2021 to 12 November 2021 under the theme ‘Upper Middle Income Industry for an Upper Middle-Income economy’.
Among the specific objectives that the congress aims to achieve are to establish the annual high-level engagement and stock take between government and business on industry in particular and on the economy in general.
In addition, CZI also aims to obtain convergence with policymakers and frame the Industry Agenda around the national development frameworks and targets.
The congress further aims to seek consensus on the policy and business imperatives to achieve the vision for industry and in turn for industry to realise the transformation that will deliver economic performance which will, in turn, make the vision 2030 a reality
The congress also seeks alignment to enable policy and institutional collaboration throughout the implementation of National Development Strategy 1 (NDS 1) and provide high-quality business content in the form of insights and analysis on topical issues for business leaders.
According to the CZI congress prospectors, the congress approach is a dialogue, symposium, and engagement one, to co-explore the business and policy intervention areas to align and harmonize the economy to achieve growth.
“Credible research and analysis will be the basis of the symposium – dialogue and presentations of plenary sessions on business-relevant topics will be done by international and local speakers,” CZI said.
Vice President and Health & Child Care Minister Dr Constantino Chiwenga will headline the congress among other various ministers such as Sekai Nzenza, the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mthuli Ncube, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Soda Zhemu – Minister of energy and Power Development, Dr John Mangudya, the RBZ Governor, Frederick Shava – Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Dr Anxious Masuka – Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister.
Kurai Matsheza, the CZI President and Minister Sekai Nzenza will be the first presenters with the day’s theme of ‘innovation and enterprise development for industrial transformation, new industries, and new products showcase’.
The day’s business will also look at treading the Intersection of Industry-Academia and Policy for Innovation and Competitiveness while the internationalisation of Zimbabwean Business will be looked at from the Swedish Experience and lessons for Zimbabwe Business in the AfCFTA.
DAY 2 will run under the theme “Creating Seizing and Realizing Opportunities.”
The day’s topics include shaping the future with Business seminars, opportunities in “manufacturing for manufacturing” in Zimbabwe and niche opportunities for business. The day’s event will also result in the lunch Women in Industry Network (WIN).
DAY 3’s theme will be building the public-private growth consensus and coalition to realize a national vision.
During the day, the congress will host the policy and business leaders’ day (Exclusive to Policy Leaders, Ministers, CEOs, Directors MDs and GMs).
The congress also focuses on currency reform objectives, Milestones and Options for Vision 2030 in resolving the Currency Question to Secure the Vision.
The congress also seeks to promote and celebrate active and increased performance of Women in Industry (WIN).
“We believe that empowerment of women is important for development. As the biggest membership Organisation in the country, it is imperative for CZI to take a more active and leading role in promoting women with a special focus on Women in Industry Leadership,” CZI said.