via ‘Tourism players must comply with indigenisation law’ – DailyNews Live by Kudzai Chawafambira
Outgoing Tourism minister Walter Mzembi has warned foreigners who want to venture into the tourism sector to be prepared to comply with Zimbabwe’s indigenisation laws.
“I want to appeal to our brothers and sisters in here that when you introduce projects don’t waylay projects through imaginary costing’s and inflationary pricing.
“We want you to participate, that is what our trusted party (Zanu PF) stands for to indigenise, empower and create employment, but we must be reasonable to each other for these kinds of projects to take off”, Mzembi told a signing ceremony for the proposed Hilton Hotel last week.
The law compels all foreign-owned companies operating in Zimbabwe to cede a controlling 51 percent shareholding to locals.
He added that compliance was the only way out as it gave locals “the opportunity they had been waiting for.”
Mzembi called for a review of local government by-laws to meet international best practices, saying the current ones were hindering development.
“We constrain projects because of some laws we inherited, even as far back as Rhodesia.
“We have to attune our civil servants to a new thinking. The issue of multi-licensing is not on.
“Even the local authorities themselves, for example when you want to start your own bottle store business you have to go through 15 licences just to make people drunk,” said Mzembi.
He said the Tourism ministry was working towards extending statutory instrument (SI) 124 of 2011 and 199 of 2012 which enables players in the tourism sector to import capital goods duty-free.
“I highlight two statutory instruments that have expired and we will need to make sure that we push them further in the life of the new Zanu PF government.
“There were temporary but we are now advocating for the extension of these two SIs in the next five years to allow for these kinds of projects to take off,” said Mzembi.
President Robert Mugabe has of late intensified pressure on foreign-owned companies to comply with the
empowerment policy despite experts warning that the move could be disastrous to economy.
“The indigenisation and empowerment drive will continue unabated in order to ensure that indigenous Zimbabweans enjoy a larger share of the country’s resources,” Mugabe told a Defence Forces day gathering last month.
“Now that the people of Zimbabwe have given us a resounding mandate in the governance of the country we will do everything in our power to ensure our objective of total indigenisation, empowerment, development and employment is realised.”
Former Finance minister Tendai Biti in his budget projected Zimbabwe’s tourism sector to grow by about four percent this year.
Maybe tourists should just be told to fork over 51% of their cash!
LEGALISED THEFT, THIS IS!
make public what indigenous investors are creating, all the talk is what zanu wants to take from others
Are indigenous investors creating anything? Are there any indigenous investors other then Obert Mpofu? Mugabe and Co. just talk about how they’re gonna take 51% from existing companies, without compensation. They haven’t explained how any new wealth, or jobs, will be created. They also haven’t explained how those companies are supposed to function after 51% of their value has been sucked out of them. After all, so many companies are struggling to survive, let alone pay out any dividends or profits. What does Mugabe think he’s going to get? ZANU-PF keeps talking about “unlocking,” the assets of the non-indigenous companies, but what does that really mean? Most companies consist of some cash for saleries and a lot of fixed assets like land, buildings, machinery, computers, etc. the only way Mugabe will get cash is by not paying the workers, or by selling the assets if anyone will buy them. Then the company dies because it can no longer function. How does that help anyone?