Policy inconsistency hindering progress, says Ndhlukula

POOR succession planning in government and policy inconsistency remain major drawbacks to development in Zimbabwe, a senior government official has said.

By Melody Chikono

The country has been stymied by policy inconsistency resulting in dwindling investment inflows which, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, has plummeted from US$545 million in 2014 to US$319 million last year.

Addressing delegates at the Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe Summer School in Nyanga this week, Deputy Chief Secretary in the office of the President and Cabinet Ray Ndhlukula said Zimbabwe has a serious challenge when it comes to competiveness and could do better in these areas with good succession planning and policy consistency .

Zimbabwe has been implementing a number of strategies to revive the economy which include ease of doing business reforms and the rapid results initiative.

“The nature of government is such that you move from place to place. So someone may come and say I want this, resulting in a drop of a whole project all together. This can pose a major threat where development is concerned,” he said.

Ndhlukula said in other countries once a project plan is made for the year it is documented so that whoever succeeds the position will have to comply with what is there.

“We need to address that. However we stand guided by ZimAsset. We are addressing that as an office what we have now taken is a whole government approach to address inconsistencies. If u recall we had issues of misinterpretation with the Indigenisation Act which saw us requiring the President to come in and address the issue and correct it,” Ndhlukula said

He said issues of competitiveness also remained a challenge as the county continued to use antiquated machinery resulting in high prices due to high production costs.

“In Zimbabwe we still are using antiquated machinery, some of which was bought in 1965. Take for example Sable Chemicals, it is still using hydrolysis. It is so outdated, we need up to date technology that will make products cheaper,” Ndhlukula said.

He urged government to address these challenges and assist small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to acquire and utilise modern equipment and technology for production, unlike now when they are using antiquated technologies and aging equipment.

Ndhlukula added that government should also continue creating an enabling environment for sustainable mentorship of SMEs in business planning, production, distribution, reporting, effective costing, quality assurance and marketing of products and services.

3 Responses to Policy inconsistency hindering progress, says Ndhlukula

  1. Richard Dope October 20, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    This guy is a nutter. He is supposedly a chief strategist and advisor to Government occupying the lofty position of Deputy Chief Secretary in the loftiest office in the land, the Office of the President and Cabinet, and yet he is publicly urging government to address challenges. He should be telling Mugabe that directly and not engage in some public stand. He should tell the audience why his boss is not dealing with these matters. Otherwise, both should just resign. They are of no use to the nation

  2. Edmund Moyo October 21, 2017 at 2:51 am #

    He talks as Opposition, Government and Business at the same time. He is suffering from an identity crisis.

  3. Netsayi October 24, 2017 at 12:35 am #

    I support Ndhukula the last part on sustainable business practices mentor ship.am doing research on Corporate Social Responsibility disclosures where the organization has a mandate to the people so with high prices the organization lacks CSR.if our business models could include a lot of social responsibility .it will bring good pricing models and quality products to the people

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