THE Bulawayo City Council is working on various infrastructural development programmes which will promote ease of doing business in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ambition to turn Zimbabwe into an attractive global investment destination.
BY SILAS NKALA
Acting town clerk Sikhangele Zhou made the disclosure during an Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) Conversations meeting in the city yesterday.
“As a city, we also have a role to facilitate the development of the city. But I think industry needs us to create a conducive environment for it to strive. So we as the City of Bulawayo need to introspect and we have always waited for this day. Let me start by expressing gratitude to AMH for giving us an opportunity to consult the stakeholders,” she said.
Zhou said the city had created a master plan which residents and other stakeholders should provide their input.
“While we acknowledge that we have inadequacy as far as sources of raw water are concerned, the city’s network was well planned. I think planning has been a big advantage, this is why while we are in the dry zone we probably supply water much better than those cities and towns that are not in dry zones. We try and harness the little resources that we have efficiently. We acknowledge that we should do more,” she said.
Zhou challenged investors to invest in the city’s poor road network.
Speaking at the same event, AMH managing director Kenias Mafukidze, said the government had opened new avenues for business to flourish.
“I think two months back, dramatic events happened at national level where we saw the change of leadership at national level. What this has done is to create the whole new optimism and a whole new level of looking at things,” Mafukidze said.
“It has also changed the conversation in this country. I think the new President come saying Zimbabwe is open for business and I think we at AMH saw as a challenge for all of us in Zimbabwe to say when the door is open for us we must seize the opportunity to see where we can fit.”
He said there was no doubt that Bulawayo, as the country’s industrial hub, was geared to reclaim its status following years of company closures and relocations to other cities.
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