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Industry, commerce an equal playing field: Dr Nzenza

Women within the tide of entrepreneurship, government as well as captains of industry and commerce have graced the ongoing virtual CEO Round Table Africa Second Women’s Business Leadership Roundtable, BusinessMail has learnt.

The Women’s Business Leadership Roundtable (WBLR 2021) is an event where women business leaders and female entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds share insights on some of the tough professional issues they are facing and learn from the personal experiences of others in similar situations.

It is convened under the theme, “Women Unlocking New Frontiers.”

Speaking during the WBLR 2021, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dr Sekai Nzenza highlighted that her ministry is mandated to facilitate and promote the development of sustainable, innovative, inclusive and globally competitive industrial and commercial enterprises for improved consumer welfare and economic growth.

“The Government is able to do so through formulating and implementing policies and strategies for industrial and commercial growth amongst roles.

“Consistent with the collective aspirations and determination of the people of Zimbabwe to achieve an Empowered and Prosperous Upper Middle-Income Society by 2030, the Second Republic launched Vision 2030 to chart a new transformative and inclusive development agenda,” Dr Nzenza said.

Dr Nzenza emphasized on the government’s role in promoting and sustaining the business community through the implementation of policies that provide a conducive environment for business.

“We launched the Zimbabwe National Industrialisation Development Policy, which is premised upon the deliberate decision taken by the Government to open the country for business, modernise, industrialize and promote investment, with the ultimate goal attaining broad-based economic empowerment, inclusive economic growth and employment creation,” Dr Nzenza said.

In that regard, she urged Women in Business to be innovative and make use of modern technologies to push forward industrialisation.

“Technological advancement and innovation are key to improving productivity and competitiveness of locally manufactured products. Government is keen to deliberate policies to strengthen science, technology transfer and innovation systems through collaboration between Government, development partners, firms, learning and research institutions.

“The Government urges women to get in the habit of networking and attending business chambers so they do not miss out on trends,” she said.

Women entrepreneurs have been implored to harness and explore opportunities that come with noble interventions and trade blocs such as, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Common Market for East and South Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

“The provision of alternative markets should be fully exploited as it benefits the business community and the nation at large.


“This gathering here today is very symbolic of some of the key objectives of our Ministry, where we view industry and commerce as an equal playing fields, with no gender restrictions and no lesser being in business, it only takes being diligent, hardworking and tenacious to become successful in business,” “Dr Nzenza said.

CEO Africa Roundtable is a high-level platform for Corporate Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives, in both the Private and Public Sector, created to engender cross-fertilization of critical economic and business knowledge in and around Africa.




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