ZNCC Structures and Subcommittees
The Chamber is driven by a Secretariat through subcommittees, which provide the platform for members to contribute ideas on how the Chamber conducts its business. Currently the active subcommittees of the Chamber are:
1) Membership and Public Relations
This committee is responsible for membership drive, public and press relations, It also builds and maintains relationships with members, disseminates information and offers business development and training services to members.
Terms of Reference:
- Membership drive and functions
- Public and press relations
- Business advisory service
- Linkage and networking between members and other markets both local and external for a fee
- Congress preparations and management
2) Macro Economics, Advocacy & Trade
This committee formulates and monitors policy related to the production and review of fiscal and monetary policy input to the Central Bank and the Government. It acts as a think tank for economic research and development for the Chamber on Regional and global macroeconomics issues. This subcommittee organizes and facilitates inward and outward bound trade missions, meet the buyer campaigns, promotion of Zimbabwe Products, trade fairs and exhibitions, stakeholder dialogue workshops on trade issues and promotion of a conducive environment in local authorities. The sub-committee also ensures that ZNCC plays a relevant and leading role in business advocacy. The committee stands as the “voice” of the Chamber, and is responsible for coming up with a calendar of engagements with all the relevant stakeholders
Formulate and monitor policy related to:
- Production and review of fiscal and monetary policy input to Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and government
- The committee acts as a think tank for economic research and development for the Chamber on Regional and global macroeconomics issues
- Promoting ZNCC position on the Macro-economic policy framework of the country and production of business news and economic information for the business sector
- The sub-committee is also responsible for overseeing the Chamber’s liaison and collaboration with other Business Member Organizations and relevant Professional Bodies, and is expected to liaise closely with all the other Chamber’s sub-committees where it will be expected to pick up issues for lobbying with the relevant stakeholders.
The committee stands as the “voice” of the Chamber, and is responsible for coming up with a calendar of engagements with all the relevant stakeholders
3) Enterprise Development, MSME, Youth & ICT
This subcommittee Formulates, monitors and implements policy related to promoting formalization of the Zimbabwean economy through encouraging the youths to set up formal businesses as well as advocate and lobby on behalf of young preneurs on policies which affect their businesses at all government levels. It also handles issues to do with franchising of SMEs, Specific training courses to SMEs, Market access to SMEs (local and external), Setting up of business centers for SMEs in all regions, Funding for SMEs and regularizing activities of SMEs and youths. It is also responsible for monitoring ICT strategy, ensuring that it conforms to and supports the strategic priorities of the Chamber and to oversee the Chamber’s information management and supporting information and communication technology (ICT) practices to ensure priorities are met.
Terms of Reference:
- To promote formalization of the Zimbabwean economy through encouraging the youths to set formal businesses.
- To advocate and lobby on behalf of youngpreneurs on policies which affect their businesses at all government levels.
- Franchising of SMEs, Specific training courses to SMEs, Market access to SMEs (local and external), Setting up of business centers for SMEs in all regions, Funding for SMEs and regularizing activities of SMEs and youths
- Monitoring ICT strategy, ensuring that it conforms to and supports the strategic priorities of the Chamber and to oversee the Chamber’s information management and supporting information and communication technology (ICT) practices to ensure priorities are met.
- Identify and consider strategic information management initiatives aimed at delivering effective services for members
- Identify and manage strategic information management and ICT related risks
- To ensure that appropriate security measures are developed, endorsed, instituted and monitored
- To define the mission and goals of the information functions within the mission statement of the Chamber;
- To authorise and direct the development of a ICT resources strategic plan for the Chamber;
- To review and approve the ICT resources strategic plans which are developed by the business areas of the Department;
- Business development and capacity building training services to members
4) Finance and Administration
The Committee evaluates and monitors policies and procedures related to finance & Administration systems and procedures. It also handles budgeting and budgetary control, administration of assets, production of financial statements, audit preparations, fundraising, procurement and human resources
The Committee shall evaluate and monitor policies and procedures related to:
- Finance and Administration policy systems and procedures
- Administration of assets
- Budgeting and budgetary control
- Production of financial statements
- Audit preparations (internal and external)
- Human resources
5) Audit & Governance
The committee ensures that effective audit functions and risk management processes are in place. It also ensures that an adequate internal control environment is established and financial management processes are operating effectively. The committee also considers all aspects of external audit and the recommendation of audited financial statements to the board and evaluation of issues raised by the external auditor
The Committee ensures that:
- Effective audit functions are in place (both external and internal)
- Adequate risk management processes are in place
- An adequate internal control environment is established
- Financial management processes are operating effectively
- To consider all aspects of the external audit, including periodic tendering, appointment and remuneration of the external auditor; the nature and scope of the statutory audit; the recommendation of audited financial statements to the Board and the discussion of issues raised by the external auditor’s
- To review all reports prepared by the external auditor and agree the programme of work proposed to address issues raised.
6) Women’s Desk
The committee is responsible for up scaling women members of the Chamber. This is achieved through business linkages and communication with relevant stakeholders e.g. Government , Parliament, Civic society and other organizations offering similar services to women in business.
To organize and facilitate:
- Linkage and communication with relevant stakeholders e.g. Government ministers, Parliament, Civic society
- Linkages with the other organizations offering similar services to women in business
- Reference point for the women in business support organizations
- Exchange visits with other countries
- Trade missions for the women in business
- Market linkages
7) Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal
This committee is there to arouse interest and to promote the use of appropriate forms of dispute resolution mechanisms for handling disputes. It also provides basic knowledge, through organizing various training courses, for the ZNCC members so as to assist them to be versed with various methods used in resolving disputes. It makes recommendations to the ZNCC National Executive Committee regarding the carriage of grievances
Terms of Reference:
- To arouse interest and to promote the use of appropriate forms of dispute resolution mechanisms for handling construction disputes
- To provide basic knowledge, through organizing various training courses, for the ZNCC members so as to assist them to be versed with various mechanisms used in resolving disputes
- The committee will establish and maintain its own Lists of Accredited Mediators, Expert Witnesses and Adjudicators (Lists), which are inclusive of ZNCC members.
- Review and investigate, and wherever possible, resolve inquiries and complaints of Members/Employees concerning the terms and conditions of their employment or membership;
- Recommend / approve to ZNCC the ADR/Legal Service Provider to be appointed on certain cases
- Make recommendations to the ZNCC National Executive Committee regarding the carriage of grievances
- The Committee shall report to the National Executive Committee at least quarterly by delivering a written report to the President
8) Agribusiness & Sustainability
The committee provides leadership and advice on all pertinent matters relating to the enhancement of the agricultural value chain for the furtherance of the objectives of the ZNCC. It provides guidance on decisions to support and develop the sector for the benefit of the local community and economy. It identifies and highlights Research Areas to enhance Agricultural development. It also oversees members’ standards and strategies designed to manage social and environmental risks and achieve compliance with social and environmental responsibilities and commitments (sustainable development). The committee has an oversight of sustainable development responsibilities in safety, health and employment practises for members
Terms of reference
- Making private sector contributions towards attainment of SDGs
- Educating and conscientising the business community on most efficient energy saving measures or methods.
- Lobbying for optimal energy tariff rates which promote industrialisation and enterprise development
- Inculcating a culture of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in corporate Zimbabwe.
- Lobbying for a pro-business legislative environment that promotes growth and development of independent power producers as well as joint ventures (JVs) or PPPs.
- Positively influencing the Doing Business Environment through making sure access to electricity is enhanced for businesses as well as monitoring the fuel prices in line with competitiveness expectations.