China-Zimbabwe take part in Economic Reform and Transformation programme

By ZBC Reporter

Officials from various government ministries and agencies are participating in a week long China-Zimbabwe Economic Reform and Transformation training workshop focusing on special economic zones.

China is one country that has successfully implemented the Special Economic Zones model and Zimbabwe is drawing lessons from the Asian country’s success story.

While training workshops have been taking place in China since 2016, this year’s study visit could not take place due to COVID-19, hence the virtual workshop.

From the Zimbabwean side, seventy officials are participating, with workshops being conducted from three different boardrooms at Munhumutapa, Livingstone House and at the ZIDA offices in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

The Permanent Secretary in the Office of Vice President, Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga’s office, Retired Major General Godfrey Chanakira said “the implementation of special economic zones is progressing but not at the anticipated rate due to a variety of reasons, but the economic zones are expected to provide an avenue for accelerating national development using Foreign Direct Investment.”

“Deputy Chief Secretary in the office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Martin Rushwaya delivered the opening speech from the Zimbabwean side while Mr Chang Hao the Deputy Director General from the international cooperation centre – national reform and development commission spoke on behalf of the Chinese government,” he says.

Dr Rushwaya said “the government has put in place all the institutional framework including the establishment of a one stop shop, the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA) to handle all investment matters under one roof.”

ZIDA is the pillar that will anchor economic revival and raise the country’s global business competitiveness.