Industrialists encouraged to promote synergies aimed at localising production

By Kenias Chivuzhe

THE need to form synergies between large manufacturing companies and small-scale entrepreneurs highlighted discussions during a Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries breakfast meeting on manufacturing that took place in Mutare.

In line with the national drive to promote provincial and district economies, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) held a breakfast meeting centred on promoting industrial productivity in Manicaland.

“We need to support SMEs and we need MOUs to ensure the implementation of agreed position. CZI should help small companies grow and with devolution coming in, i think going local is the only way to see Manicaland proper,” said one member of the business community.

“Bigger companies should explore opportunities from mentoring small-scale companies in order to be given tax incentives. Already there is a government framework to that effect.”

With focus on the challenges experienced by SMEs in meeting standards required by the market, Manicaland divisional manager, Standards Association of Zimbabwe, Maxwell Nyanungo said his organisation is ready to assist SMEs produce quality products.

“To the SMEs we are there to help you meet the quality requirements. You can work towards ISO certification for your products and services to meet the required standards. We have realised that big companies shun products by SMEs based on quality issues. We are there to test the products and certify them.”

CZI Manicaland Vice Chairperson, Bernard Makoni spoke on the importance of SMES registering their companies as a pre-requisite to form synergies with large entities.

“The importance of localising production and ensure that the SMEs become feeders of the bigger companies cannot be over emphasised.

“We want to make sure that small companies are properly registered so that they grow and not to remain as SMEs. The main reason they struggle and do not form synergies with big companies is that they are not registered.

“Synergies calls for standardisation, quality and professionalism in running businesses.”

Meanwhile, in order to further accelerate the province’s development, Manicaland is planning to hold an investment conference in June, which will bring several stakeholders together.