Sukulwenkosi Dube, Matutu, the correspondent of & # 39; Gwanda
THE GOVERNMENT published five areas in the country have been designated as Special Economic Zones (SEZs) b & # 39; more likely to be rapidly identified in & # 39; targeted move towards promoting industrialization and strengthening the economy country-, said an official.
Speaking at a recent meeting & # 39; & # 39 stakeholders; South & # 39; Matabeleland in & # 39; Gwanda, technical head of the Zimbabwe Economic Zones (Zimseza), Mr Wilfred MOTs, said Beitbridge Town in & # 39; Madabeleland South, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Sunway City in & # 39; in Harare and Fern Hill & # 39; Mozare as Special Economic Zones in & # 39; September.
Tugwi mucous of & # 39; Masvingo was also identified as a SEZ.
He also said that 106 hectares of & # 39; land planned in & # 39; Beitbridge and urged stakeholders to identify two other districts in the province.
"The Special Economic Zones have been planned in & # 39; five areas in & # 39; September in & # 39; movement is intended to bring economic development in the country. Our aim is to establish SEZs which will become the export and other related industrial activities also attract investors and then in & # 39; those SEZs ", said Mr MOTs.
"We want to ensure that the country realizes increased flow & # 39; foreign and local investment currency, a & # 39; employment opportunities, increased investment and exports, links & # 39; SMEs and increase & # 39; value. as Zimseza we appeal to industrialization in the country. "
Mr MOTs said the purpose of their visit to Matabeleland South was to facilitate the formulation of & # 39; plan & # 39; action.
"We are in the southern province & # 39; Matabeleland to assist in the design and implementation of & # 39; plan & # 39; action for the SEZ of & # 39; Beitbridge. Currently we meetings & # 39, consultation with interested parties. from here we'll cope plan & # 39; action, conduct study & # 39; feasibility and master plan now set a & # 39; concept, which will be followed by actual detailed master plan. Once the master plan will be a document we will use to attract developers and investors, "he said.
"As Zimseza we are the technical partner while the stakeholders in the province are the custodians or owners of the area. Beitbridge is a strategic town to play SEZ as is the border town. Musina in Africa & # 39; South has SEZ and also want to have that competitive advantage to bring investors. "
Mr MOTs said he had received inquiries from a number of & # 39; potential investors wishing to invest in the SEZ of & # 39; Beitbridge.
He said that the development of the SEZ & # 39; Beitbridge was expected to begin early next year.
Mr MOTs said the chances of & # 39; & # 39 investment in, Beillbridge included construction & # 39; International Airport & # 39; world-class, coal mining, and processing gold and diamonds, class manufacturing, processing & # 39; citrus fruits and building & # 39; bonded warehouses among others.
During the same meeting, Matabeleland South of & # 39; State for Provincial Affairs, Abednico Ncube, urged stakeholders to take an active role in the SEZs are successful.
"This concept requires b & # 39; multi-stakeholder approach to be successful. We sold our province and its economic opportunities in the best way possible in order to attract investors. This initiative will create jobs and bring huge development in the province, "he said.
"With the concept of & # 39; devolution of power to enter into force, we have the responsibility to develop both our own area. This development not only for Beitbridge or other districts will be identified as SEZs but will spread throughout the province. "
Secretary of the City & # 39; Beitbridge, Mr Loud Ramakgapola, said the SEZ Beitbridge initiative was that it would go a long way towards the development of the border city.
The the SEZs Act was signed in & # 39; law in & # 39; October 2016 while the board of directors of & # 39; Zimseza was appointed in & # 39; June 2017. The vision & # 39; Zimseza is that the country has a vibrant economy of average income by 2030 & # 39; SEZs to play a major role.