President Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused business of pretending to be supporting his Government while clandestinely sabotaging it.
Officially opening the 62nd Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo on Friday, 29 April, Mnangagwa said:
I call upon all economic sectors to exercise great discipline in their business dealings. We must act with greater cohesion and unity of purpose.
Business cannot purport to support Government by day and sabotage it by night, and thereafter, play victim.
It is imperative for us all to make strategic choices in the best interests of our country.
The overall economic competitiveness of our country remains the duty of all of us as Government, industry and consumers.
Collectively, through hard honest work and ethical business practices, let us advance the goal of achieving Vision 2030.
Mnangagwa also urged business to capitalise on opportunities presented by regional trading arrangements as well adopting eco-friendly production processes. He said:
I also urge industry and commerce to reap benefits from the opportunities, which exist under bilateral, regional and multilateral trading arrangements within Sadc, Comesa and the African Free Trade Area.
… I encourage our companies to deliberately adopt contemporary production processes that also protect the environment towards lowering our environmental footprint.