Mine Entra holds joint suppliers, purchasers conference

THE first  joint suppliers and purchasers  conference was held during Mine Entra in July. In previous years it was held as a workshop. A total of 150 delegates attended the conference mostly comprising suppliers and purchasers in the mining, engineering and transport sector.
Engineer Dawson Mareya, managing director for Willovale Mazda Motor Industries, made a presentation on ‘The manufacturing sector in Zimbabwe, challenges and Solutions-Implications for the Mining sector’. Mareya said challenges affecting the manufacturing sector included cheap and heavily subsided imports as well as increasing importation pre-owned vehicles.
He said this had negatively affected the sector by undermining the local assembly business, robbing industry of capacity and efficiencies as well as  the motor vehicle service industry.
“These effects in turn give way to company closures, low profitability, little room for innovation, inability to service the growing mining sector as well as loss of employment,” Mareya said.
Proposed solutions included urgently designing and implementing sub-sector policies to eliminate ‘dumping’ of products from the Far East and other countries, levelling the playing field,  incentivising local procurement and capacitating the financial sector.
Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Bulawayo station manager, Sitheni Ncube made a presentation titled “Towards the decongestion of Ports of Entry-Progress on Asyscuda system”.
Ncube said some of the country’s border posts were being upgraded. He said a contractor would soon be on site at the Beitbridge border as it was being re-designed to separate commercial traffic, private buses and small vehicles.
Ncube also said work was underway at the Forbes, Plumtree and Nyamapanda border posts to make them conducive to business and less congested.
“There is also a need to increase staff at the Beitbridge border,” said Ncube. “However, the challenge we have is that we need to first of all build accommodation for the new staff before recruiting.”
On the introduction of the Asyscuda system, Ncube said this was a paperless office which they intend to have at all border posts to reduce congestion.
Ncube said there would soon be an introduction to the Authorised Economic Operators concept which will encourage compliance and fast movement of goods.
A number of workshops have been held throughout the country and systems are in place for the pilot project to be implemented sometime this year.