in an effort to promote clean business in the export market, Zimra has urged exporters to stop paying bribes and incurring unnecessary costs.
This was said by Zimra Commissioner-General Ms Faith Mazani who said paying bribes affected the price the exporter will charge for their product as it increased costs unnecessarily.
Said Ms Mazani:
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We have a very high incidence of corruption, it’s like we are in a culture which says we have to know someone or you have to pay somebody but when you look at theexport value chain there is manufacturing, packaging, applying for permits, proving the product’s right of origin, transportation within and outside our borders, inspection at the border so if at each stage one is paying bribes that is costly and will increase the price of the product in the export market. We need to make sure that our processes are tight and we don’t add these costs to the exports.
Ms mazani echoes the efforts of the appointed corruption fighters ZACC, which is headed by Justice Loice Matanda Moyo to weed out corruption in the country.
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