- Published on 23 September 2016
Firstly let me start by thanking ZNCC members for having entrusted me to lead the organisation over the past year. As your President, I would like to express with humility, my gratitude and appreciation for your support and the confidence you placed in me.
The experience has been exhilarating and promising; I am honored to have worked with the members of the National Executive Council, the members of the Think tank Committee and other regional and international Chambers. The Presidency has exposed me to remarkable, talented individuals who are determined to take not only their businesses, but the economy as a whole to the next level.
It was really a good year in terms of the Chamber presence in Government ministries and parliament. This is shown by the involvement of the Chamber in various government boards. I was nominated to sit on the State Procurement and the ZINARA Boards.
The Chamber leadership was invited to the Vice Presidents offices both Vice President Phekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnagngagwa and they most appreciate the service delivery rendered by the Chamber.
The Chamber also received an invitation from the first lady, Dr. Amai Grace Mugabe following a visit that was made by the Chamber to her Dairy Farm and Orphanage House. Generally, the Chamber is in good books with the Government of Zimbabwe.
ZNCC Corporate Social Responsibility
As part of ZNCC’s Corporate Social responsibility, the Chamber sourced an ambulance with the assistance of one of our members. The ambulance was donated to Chivhu General Hospital. The occasion was graced by the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Minister of Health, RETIRED Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and 5 different chiefs from within the constituency.
President’s trip to Ethiopia
I attended the 2016 Pan Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) Executive Council meeting from April 10-11, 2016 in Addis Ababa. The meeting discussed among other things the work programme for 2016-2020, PACCI financial report and formation of the election committee
ZNCC Discount Card
Your Chamber launched a ZNCC Discount Cards where MOUs are being signed with different services providers’ e.g the Rainbow Towers, Air Zimbabwe and Khanondo Safaris. The ZNCC executive card is a discount card in which member organizations/companies are offered discounts on services and products offered by participating companies. This program will see ZNCC member’s get exposure and increase business volumes for companies offering discount and the service is free and open only to members. Included with your Chamber membership, the Executive Card program is your gateway to more awesome local deals and discounts. Save on a variety of products and services, including inter-alia accommodation, flights, and airport transfers in Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport, courier and dry cleaning services and more!
In trying to improve on the Chamber visibility, I am pleased to announce that the Chamber has partnered with Medianet Productions in producing Economic Forum, current affairs driven television programme. The programme, whose main format is panel discussion but sometimes takes a magazine approach when covering special economic related events, deals with all current economic and political issues with the aim of finding lasting solutions to economic challenges by bringing to the table key political and economic stakeholders such as senior government officials, captains of industry and commerce, and the NGO sector.
The Chamber also managed to broadcast live Harare branch awards on ZTV and plans are underway to have the same at tomorrow’s national awards.
National Executive Committee
The NEC held 6 meetings each during the period under review and substantial progress was made in providing strategic direction for the Chamber. The year started with a strategic planning workshop for the Chamber Executives and secretariat which focused on critical strategic issues to be focused on to ensure attainment of the ZNCC Mandate.
Whilst attendance at the NEC meetings was generally good we were concerned at the generally poor attendance record of some our representatives and it is hoped that there will be some improvement in the coming year as corrective measures have been taken.
National Executive Council Members
1 Mr Davison Norupiri - President
1. Divine Ndhlukula - Deputy President
2. Mr H. Matangaidze - Immediate Past President
3. Mr Mkhululi Ndlovu - Vice President (Mashonaland Region)
4. Mr W. Chinembiri - Vice President (Midlands Region)
5. Mr Tamuka Macheka - Vice President (Manicaland)
6. Mr Crispen Mugova - Vice President ( Matabeleland)
7. Mr Mike Juru - Chairperson (Harare Branch)
8. Mr T. Malaba - Chairperson(Bulawayo Branch)
9. Mr Nick Alves - Harare1stVice Chairperson
10. Mr T. Mashavakure - Chairperson – Gweru
11. Mr Nobizitha Sibanda - Chairperson – Gwanda
12. Ms Sisa Sibanda - Bulawayo 1st Vice Chairperson
13. Mr O. Marange - Victoria Falls Chairperson
14. Mrs Mufunya - Chairperson – Mutare
1. Mr Brains Muchemwa - Macroeconomics Committee
2. Mr Mkhululi Ndlovu - Membership and Public Relations Committee
3. Dr A Senderayi - Advocacy Committee
4. Ms D Ndhlukula - Women’s Desk
5. Mr T Mavima - Finance and Administration
6. Mr T. Macheka - SMEs Committee
7. Mr C. Mugova - Trade Subcommittee
NEC Sub- committees
The Activities of your sub-committees were generally poor except for Macroeconomics which meant 5 times and this had a substantial negative effect on the Chamber’s ability to articulate its position to the various stake- holders targeted by these sub-committees.
Think Tank committee
The idea of coming up with a Think Tank came as a result of our inadequacy at times as a Chamber to bring to the fore the important issues which will require urgent attention by the government of Zimbabwe. This is the basis for having Think Tank members from diverse backgrounds as our belief is they are policy matters you certainly can’t pursue at your organisational levels without using your Chamber whose mandate is clearly to lobby. It is my firm belief that this particular Think-Tank will set a benchmark at national level on the importance of consultations at technical level to help achieve policy efficiency.
Your Chamber restructured its awards categories by streamlining them so that they are uniform and speak into every region. As the President I had a chance to attend all regional awards and was very impressed with the turnout. On behalf of the Chamber let me take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you always give to your Chamber as evidenced by the turnout at the awards.
National pre-budget consultative workshops
ZNCC conducted its annual national regional tours to gather as much information as possible from the business community that was included in the Fiscal Policy Statement by the Minister of Finance.
The workshops rolled out to four of our regions namely Midlands, Mashonaland, Manicaland and Matabeleland.
Business Review Conference
The Chamber held 2015 Business Review Conference, an inaugural event which is coming against the background of need to evaluate how as a nation we had progressed in terms of economic and business growth. The fact that we represent business interests in all sectors of the economy from mining, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, banking, insurance and many other pertinent stakeholders also compels us to organise the event. It is also a unique platform in that all business movement organisations will be represented in handling business issues impacting negatively on growth potential of this economy.
Launch of the “Youthpreneurship Desk
ZNCC officially launched the “Youthpreneurship Desk on 25 February 2016 at RTG, Harare. The main objective being to encourage young entrepreneurs to formalise their business operations as they are expected to uphold corporate governance tenets whilst also paying taxes.
Meeting with RBZ Governor
The President and CEO had a meeting with the Governor to discuss issues affecting the operation of businesses especially the Telegraphic Transfer challenges. The Chamber was asked to submit a list of members who import raw materials for the Governor to act upon. A well attended breakfast meeting on the shortage of cash was held with the Governor giving first hand information on the causes of cash shortage and the way forward.
Membership/ Launch of the ZNCC Executive Card
Due to the economic challenges bedeviling the economy the number of paid up members has been alarmingly low.
We are putting in place a strategy for a renewed membership drive and some of this involves the publication of our monthly newsletter, updating our web-site to include trade information which is useful to members and potential members, and the recruiting of full time membership officer at the National Office. It is also my hope that membership will improve after the launch of the ZNCC Executive Card which offers discounts on services and products offered by participating companies. This program will see ZNCC member’s get exposure and increase business volumes for companies offering discount and the service is free and open only to members. Included with your Chamber membership, the Executive Card program is your gateway to more awesome local deals and discounts. Save on a variety of products and services, including inter-alia accommodation, flights, and airport transfers in Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport, courier and dry cleaning services and more!
I am pleased to announce that your Chamber has a total number of 23 employees. As a way of cutting down on cost, the Chamber had lay down some of its employees as there was duplication of duties in various departments.
The Chamber still strive to capacitate its branches with skilled personnel and hope that improvement will be seen with adequate support from the National Office.
In conclusion, I would like to thank my colleagues in NEC, the Secretariat staff and our members for the tremendous effort they continue to put in ensuring the Chamber’s success.