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Business Challenged To Take Advantage of Procurement Opportunities

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Cecilia Chibaya

The government has challenged Zimbabweans to take advantage of procurement opportunities in order to harness and anchor growth through local resources and intellectual capacity, Great Dyke News 24 reports.

In his address at the Buy Zimbabwe Public Procurement Conference and Awards ceremony held yesterday, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr. Anxious Masuka said the Pubic Procurement Conference is important from a philosophical perspective as it has attributes for challenging local citizens to become what they want to be.

“We must look within our own inner sector to bring out the Zimbabwe we want which is a prosperous and upper middle income society in the context of other positive and negative issues.

“Vision 2030 brings with it the appendages of the ability in ourselves. The ability in ourselves is a cognitive process and a transformational tool in assets,” he said.

He added that now that government dominates procurement accounting for 68% of all procurement the nation can do more through the land reform programme.

“The biggest localisation that His Excellency is talking about is the land reform programme, the revolution as it is, and the opportunities that it has brought for public procurement and for private enterprise to participate.

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“We now have seen an explosion of activities in the dam construction phase, and so have we seen an explosion of activities in the irrigation development space. Twenty-four billion ZWL dollars this year has been allocated for irrigation development.

“We are looking at what we call an irrigation development alliance where we are crowding in the private sector as government guarantees development of accelerating irrigation from the current 316 000 hectares to 350 000 hectares by 2025.

“We have now crafted agricultural development programmes around households and we’re saying that agricultural development must cause rural industrialisation, rural industrialisation must cause rural development, and rural development must catalyse and facilitate the attainment of vision 2030.

 Minister Masuka also said the Presidential Rural Development Programme is an ambitious initiative where 35 000 boreholes will be constructed in 35 000 villages by 2025, where each of the 9 600 schools will be empowered by a borehole and a solar fitting.

The Buy Zimbabwe Public Procurement Conference was held in partnership with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe under the theme ‘ Unlocking Zimbabwe’s economic potential through public procurement’.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was the guest of honor. The conference and award ceremony was also graced by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Felix Mhona, the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Small to Medium Enterprises and Community Development Dr. Stembiso Nyoni, the acting minister of Industry and commerce Soda Zhemu, Buy Zimbabwe Chairman Munyaradzi Hwengwere, academics, procurement experts and captains of industry and commerce.

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