Saturday, 2 July 2016

IMPORT BAN STILL IN FORCE, SAYS MINISTER

The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Mike Bimha says there is no going back on the implementation of the statutory instrument 64 of 2016 which seeks to protect some of the locally produced goods from imports.

The comments by Cde Bimha comes at a time when social media was inundated with news speculating that the government had reversed its decision to implement the statutory instrument 64 of 2016 where some goods were removed from the general import licence.

In a telephone interview with ZBC News, Cde Bimha said there is no going back on the implementation of the statutory instrument as the decision is meant to promote local industries adding that the country cannot be a supermarket economy for ever.

He also noted that goods that are not produced locally will be imported adding that the SADC Secretariat was briefed and is fully aware of the recent measures.

Next week, the SADC Council of Ministers of Trade will converge in Bostwana where Cde Bimha will take the opportunity to further brief regional ministers of the position that the government has taken as a way of promoting local industrialisation.

Minister Bimha said the  government is committed to regional trade agreements hence the move to explain to other countries on the decisions being taken.

The implementation of the statutory instrument 64 of 2016 has seen a number of people demonstrating at Beitbridge border post damaging property despite calls by the government to engage in dialogue.

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