By Mercy Bofu
Government has pledged to continue supporting local contractors in infrastructure development projects to ensure Vision 2030 becomes a reality.
Speaking during the 36th Conference of the Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works Honourable Marian Chombo said devolution programme and the proposed Zimbabwe Construction Contractors Council Bill are a deliberate move to protect local contractors.
Honourable Marian Chombo, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works said: “Our Devolution programme is a deliberate move by the government to ensure local contractors participate in infrastructure development hence you have to engage local authorities. Again, the proposed Zimbabwe Construction Contractors Council Bill if passed will protect local contractors from unfair competition.”
The Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association and other stakeholders involved in the construction industry including local authorities and the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe pledged to work with Government in developing the necessary infrastructure that will enable the country to realise Vision 2030.
“Given the country’s national development strategy, we are ready to partner and work with the government in the construction industry, however the issue of foreign currency exchange rate needs to be addressed,” Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association Vice President, Dr Tinashe Manzungu said.
Mr Thomas Sakala Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe noted: “Right now the issue is about housing construction and as local authorities we are looking forward to partnerships that vision 2030 become a reality.”
This year’s Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association Conference was running under the theme: “Managing the construction business under the Covid-19 pandemic-the new normal.”
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