By Leopold Munhende
BUY Zimbabwe Campaign’s 4th Public Procurement Conference previously scheduled for the Andy Miller Hall has been moved to the bigger and more spacious Rainbow Towers as the organisation makes ambitious moves to encourage greater uptake of locally produced products.
The conference which was initially slated for April 30 will now be hosted on May 25.
“The change in date and venue to the bigger and more spacious Rainbow Towers (HICC) has been necessitated by Ministry of Industry and Commerce together with Buy Zimbabwe, as well as other key stakeholders to roll out an ambitious and inclusive ‘Make local, Buy Local Campaign. The thrust is to mobilise local consumers into buying local products and services so as to spur local production for sustainable economic revival under the Rapid Results Initiative.
“The Buy Local Campaign, addresses the major challenges of the economy which include an unsustainable trade deficit, a large increase in informal activities and poor living standards which have negatively impacted the livelihoods of Zimbabweans,” Buy Zimbabwe said in a statement this week.
This year’s event will run under the theme ‘Driving Local Industry through Public procurement achievements, opportunities and challenges’.
Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube has been invited as guest of honour.
Over 200 delegates from public procurement authorities, manufacturing companies, parastatals, supply chain managers, the public and service providers are expected to attend the annual event.
Zimbabwe experienced rapid de-industrialisation at the height of the hyper inflationary period in the early 2000s.
South African and Chinese products have since dominated the market thereby stifling growth of local manufacturing industries.