via Zim mulls domestic processing industry – DailyNews Live 23 August 2014 by Ndakaziva Majaka
HARARE – Government should put an end to exports of raw materials as a first step in establishing domestic processing industries that will dramatically boost revenue from sales of finished products, hike tax receipts and benefit Zimbabweans, President Robert Mugabe said yesterday.
Officially opening the 104th Agricultural Show in Harare, Mugabe said the rate at which the country was exporting raw materials was unsustainable.
“We need to pay attention to and prioritise value addition,” he said.
“Put simply, we desperately need to industrialise, that is, have factories to add value to the things we produce here in Zimbabwe.
“Agriculture is our main focus. We cannot remain a country of predominantly raw material exportation because this is not sustainable now or in the long term.”
The impoverished southern African country is one of the few in the world still allowing unprocessed goods to be exported, depriving itself of a chance to build up a processing industry that can add value to its vast natural resources.
Mugabe told the almost empty Andy Miller Hall that national food security was a priority for Zimbabwe under the economic blueprint, Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation (ZimAsset).
According to a report compiled by the Bookings Institute, a private nonprofit organisation devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions, Zimbabwe’s governance methods repelled Foreign Direct Investment.
“After using world governance indicators which cover six dimensions of governance: voice accountability, rule of law, government effectiveness, political stability, regulatory quality, and control of corruption, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are at the bottom with a respective score of -1.35 and -1.74, thereby making them unattractive investment destinations,” the report said.