HARARE (Xinhua) --
The Zimbabwean government is amending at least 16
laws to boost exports which have been on a decline over the
The laws are being
amended under the Ease of Doing Export Business Rapid Results
Initiative to address issues such as high cost of production,
complex and burdensome procedures as well as limited access to
affordable long-term trade finance.
The initiative is
also expected to reduce the cost and time of exporting so as to
boost national exports which have fallen significantly in recent
years resulting in a widening trade deficit of 2.4 billion U.S.
dollars in 2016.
chairperson of the thematic group on export regulation, said
draft changes had since been made to one of the laws that
restricted exports through requirement of export permits for a
wide range of products.
“Draft amendments to
the Statutory Instrument (8 of 1996) were completed by the
Ministry of Industry and Commerce, only four strategic goods are
now left on the list,” Ntini was quoted as saying by the
state-run Herald newspaper on Tuesday.
He said the four
goods that remain on the list are fertilizer, raw and refined
sugar, timber and timber products.
Office of the
President and Cabinet deputy chief secretary Ray Ndhlukula said
the initiative was aimed at improving the ease of doing export
business to boost production and value added products.
local industry in exporting goods rendered Zimbabwean products
uncompetitive on the international market and expensive locally,
negatively affects industrial growth and development,” he said.
that impede export procedures was therefore key to government as
it pushes towards export oriented growth, Ndhlukula said.
The country’s export
earnings declined from 3.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 to 2.8
billion dollars in 2016.
tourist arrivals in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls
HARARE, (Xinhua) --
Tourist arrivals in Zimbabwe’s prime holiday
destination, the Victoria Falls, have increased steadily since
the re-launch of the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) uni-visa in December
last year, an official said Tuesday.
The uni-visa allows
visitors to stay in Zambia or Zimbabwe (or both) for up to 30
days for a single payment of 50 U.S. dollars.
It also covers
people who want to enter Botswana for day-trips through the
Kazungula border post.
Zimbabwe Council for
Tourism representative for Matabeleland North, Barbara
Murasiranwa was quoted by state-run new agency as saying that
arrivals had increased by about 15 percent since re-introduction
of the visa regime.
Victoria Falls via Zambia had gone down prior to the re-launch
of the uni-visa, but right now arrivals improved significantly
because tourists can just arrive in Zambia and then proceed to
Zimbabwe after paying just 50 dollars and they can still go back
to Zambia or Zimbabwe again without facing any problems for a
month,” she said.
The uni-visa regime
was first introduced during the 2014 United Nations World
Tourism Organization general assembly that was cohosted by
Zimbabwe and Zambia.
However, the uni-visa
collapsed in December 2015 due to logistical and legal
initially planned to roll out the uni-visa across five countries
in the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area
comprising Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls is
primed to receive more tourists after expansion of Victoria
Falls Airport by a Chinese company at a cost of 150 million
increased handling capacity to 1.5 million passengers per year