‘Only new leadership can lure investors’

Source: ‘Only new leadership can lure investors’ – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 28, 2017

A CONSULTANT has said there is need for new leadership in the country to deal with Zimbabwe’s negative investor perception.

BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA

According to South African independent economic and political analyst Daniel Silke, who was engaged by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), investors viewed Zimbabwe negatively due to its $7,1 billion external debt, land reform programme and indigenisation laws.

Speaking at an Ease of Doing Business workshop in Harare yesterday, Silke said investors were also uncomfortable with the country’s outdated and complex regulatory structure.

“Many global investors perceive Zimbabwe’s accumulation of external arrears, the implementation of land reform and indigenisation to be sources of uncertainty and those issues clearly I think will have to be resolved. Perhaps new leadership going forward will look into those issues in some substance in the near future,” he said.

“I am pleased that the government is now taking steps to reform the business climate in this country. Zimbabwe has often complex and outdated regulatory structures and those have been obstacles to investment, to diversification and being competitive.”

However, he acknowledged the efforts being made by industry and government in trying to look into some of these issues.

“I am pleased to see that these issues are now finding an ear across the board,” he said.

The suggestion comes as government policies have continued to remain widely unpopular across the board due to their increasingly protectionist nature.

This has led to many investors, both private and foreign, refraining from investing in the economy.

Despite many policy recommendations by international institutions, economists, private and at times the public sector individuals based on market evidence and public sentiment, government has largely remained unconcerned.

Some of the more popular suggestions made include updating outdated laws, which are lagging and changing monetary and fiscal policies, such as adopting the South African rand and reducing expenditure, specifically the wage bill.

Businesses have also called on a reduction to duties and additional taxes to spur growth.

A study from the United States Agency for International Development done last year, found that there was need for government to change a lot of its policies in order for the economy to grow.

Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Ray Ndhlukula, said the OPC had engaged Silke and another consultant, Dirk Elzinga, in February this year to find out where government could improve based on findings of neighbouring countries.

COMMENTS

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    Fallenz 5 years ago

    New, corrupt leadership to replace the current corrupt leadership accomplishes nothing.
    New totalitarian leadership changes nothing.
    Without honor and integrity, it’s the same old same old, and Zim simply continues to disintegrate.
    Without honor and integrity, there’ll be nothing left worth saving.

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    Exactly there are so many simple things one can do to make it easy for industry to operate profitably.But unfortunately this government doesn’t want to make the changes.And the funny thing is that we are heading into a point of no return.If we make it to the end of this year it will be a miracle.Urgency is what is needed”.

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    So long as land ownership is forbidden to a particular race, no meaningful investment will be forthcoming. No investor will invest in a rabidly racist country like Zimbabwe. No investor will tolerate an immediate forfeiture of 51percent of their investment. No investor will tolerate the corruption in Zimbabwe.