The ZNCC CEO, Christopher Mugaga represented the Chamber at the 2019 Seminar for Chambers of Commerce of Belt and Road countries organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade . The seminar aimed at promoting personnel exchanges and enhance partnerships of Chambers of Commerce was held for 2weeks in China and covered topics such as Chinas Belt & Road Initiative, Trade and Investment Cooperation between China and B & R countries , e-commerce among others.
ZNCC took part in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade organised 3 day Workshop on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) National Strategy and Validation in Harare from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2019 themed “Expanding Industrial & Trade Growth through AfCTA.” The workshop outlined the background on AfCTA and scope of the National Strategy, the National Trade Policy Vision, Mission & Objectives and Identified Production & Trade Opportunities. The action plan for implementing the AfCTA was also deliberated on. Participants to this workshop included other players in the private sector, UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission.
The Women’s Desk held its 7th highly regarded Women in Enterprise Conference & Awards passionately known as WECA on the 20.TH of September 2019 as Cresta Lodge. As expected, the conference and awards dinner attracted 380 delegates. There was representation from the relevant government ministry, commercial banks, traders, manufacturers, business-people, service providers and professionals from different business sectors.
The conference deliberated on exciting topics such as Applying Principles for Competitive Women Owned Business Excellence through Corporate Governance, Regional Trade & Overcoming Institutionalized Gender Barriers in Pursuit of Women Owned Business (AfCTA) Adventure and Embracing Digitalisation to lessen the Family–Business Burden on women. The Awards Gala Dinner was all glitz & glam and saw 12 Award Categories up for presentation to the outstanding Women Entrepreneurs. A special thank you to Swedish Embassy, Nedbank Zimbabwe, ZB Bank, NRichards Group, Lafarge Zimbabwe, Dairibord, GAA Marketing, Surdax Investments, Nelspot, Zuva Printers, speakers, panelists and all delegates for making WECA 2019 a success
Welcome to the new month and as your reliable voice of business we are pleased to bring you highlights of what was transpiring on the business front!
The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) in partnership with Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Business Council (CBC) is taking strides in trying to promote intra-trade for Small Market Enterprises (SMEs) within the COMESA region.
The two organisations are also supporting and promoting competitive and interconnected industries to actively participate as well as stimulating efficient and sustainable local supply chains systems.
ZNCC President visit to Russia (14 to 17 January 2019)
ZNCC President Mr Tamuka Macheka was among the delegation to Russia that was led by His Excellency President E. D Mnangagwa. During the Russia Zimbabwe Business Forum, Mr Macheka did a presentation on the overall Business Environment in Zimbabwe and also extended an invitation to the Russian business to invest in Zimbabwe.
As part of its business advocacy and lobbying mandates the ZNCC on the 30th of August held a meeting with ZIMRA to discuss tax and fiscal issues affecting businesses. Some of the key challenges that were highlighted are:-
The Chamber presented and submitted its 2019 National Budget input to the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Industry and Commerce on 25 October 2018. Issues affecting business were presented to the Portfolio Committee and these include Boarder Management Systems-
The ZNCC team recently met up with Vice President K. Mohadi and his team where the ZNCC shared with the V.P the structure of the Chamber, how it operates, composition of membership and what role ZNCC plays in the business sector. The Chamber guaranteed support to the