Govt considering export centre

The government is in talks about setting up a one-stop export centre to improve the country's Doing Business Index and competitiveness, Parliament heard this week.

Under the current set-up, there are many offices that facilitate the issue of export licences, including the Reserve Bank which issues CD1forms. Depending on what is being exported, there are several steps to go through before the certificates can be issued.

Uzumba Zanu (PF) MP Simbaneuta Mudarikwa said the current set-up created a very difficult business environment.

"In a quest for national development, the inclusive government now has a one-stop investment centre. Would it be possible to have a one-stop export centre like the ZIMRA officers based at MMCZ so that there is no movement of documents from Msasa to Harare and from Harare to the bank?" Mudarikwa asked the Finance minister during Parliament's question and answer session.

Biti acknowledged that the issue of centralising the country's exports was good and said it was an issue he was looking into.

"The challenge is that there are so many offices that facilitate the issue of exports," Biti said. "So, it creates a very difficult business environment. It contributes to Zimbabwe's real ranking on both the World Economic Forum Doing Business Index and in the World Bank and the global competitiveness report."

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