By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
THE issue of value addition dominated the inaugural ZANU PF “ listening party” meeting in Harare this Tuesday, amid calls for locals to be awarded tenders for local projects to ensure sustainable economic growth.
The inaugural Zanu PF “listening party” platform attracted business leaders from across all sectors of the economy.
ZANU PF National Political Commissar, Dr Mike Bimha was the first to brief business leaders on the concept as he called for candid discussions.
“The party is supreme to government and has an obligation to formulate policy positions arising from the party manifesto, conference resolutions as well as central committee and Politburo decisions.
“The decision making process therefore thrives from the needs, aspiration and views from the various stakeholders. It is also the duty of the party to continuously monitor and evaluate the implementation of government programmes and you ensure they are aligned to party policies,” said Dr Bimha.
The business leaders emphasised the need to accelerate value-addition processes in all sectors of the economy.
“We need to accelerate value addition of minerals and agriculture produce. Let us operationalise the sovereign wealth fund, we are missing out on Lithium. There is also need for a deliberate policy to marshal all pension funds to invest in value-addition plans,” said Wellington Pasipamire representative of Trans Limpopo Capital.
“Zimbabwe is too rich to have poor people, we must have a deliberate policy of value-addition. ZANU PF is an incredible organization which is exhibited by the way it holds rallies and conference and it can do the same to the economy,” said Callisto Jokonya an Industrialist.
“The government has done well in infrastructure projects and rail must be prioritised the same way government has done to roads,” said Denford Mutashu the Confederation on Zimbabwe Retailers president.
ZANU PF Secretary of Finance, Cde Patrick Chinamasa promised business leaders that the party will consider all their submissions, amid optimism that their input will influence policy direction.
“The idea is for the party to retain power perpetually and to do that is to listen to you as the business people,” he said.
The listening party concept will be rolled out in other provinces across the country as the revolutionary ZANU PF party leaves no one and no place behind in the development of the country