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Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI)
The apex organisation for Industry in Zimbabwe, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), has been in existence since 1923. It is an independent, self-financed, legally constituted organisation that represents and serves interests of members in a wide array of matters affecting their viability and competitiveness.
CZI has four regional chamber offices in Mashonaland, Matebeleland, Midlands, and Manicaland, which serve as reference points for industry in international business community. The head office is in Harare.
CZI promotes active business in Zimbabwe to achieve a minimally regulated business environment, in which development is possible
To be a world class leader, in building a legacy of prosperity through the development of sustainable business and social programmes.
To foster, encourage, promote, protect and advance the sustainable growth and development of the manufacturing industry and business in the interest of Zimbabwe’s economic prosperity.
- Empathy for all Stakeholders
- Environmental Sustainability
- Ethical Conduct.
CZI membership base in the manufacturing sector. However, membership is open to all active business. To register as a member, one has to complete a membership form and pay the prescribe subscription fee. Forms can be obtained from CZI offices or from the CZI website.
CZI organizational structure
The National Council is the supreme decision making body of the CZI whose general function is the overall formulation and direction of policy consistent with the objectives of the CZI. It is made of the CZI President and the two Vice Presidents, the Treasurer, Regional Presidents who are the Presidents of the four Regional Chambers of the CZI, the chairperson of the Industrial Association Chairpersons committee, two further appointed members of the Industrial Associations Committee, three ordinary members elected at the AGM, six co-opted members who are prominent industrialists, the immediate past President of the CZI, and the Chief Executive of CZI as an ex-officio. After National council there is executive council, standing committees and lastly secretariat which is headed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Core Business of the CZI
Representation/Advocacy/Lobbying : CZI undertakes this function on behalf of members to ensure that both the central and local governments enact laws that are conducive for optimum business operations.
Broad basic Economic advice: Providing members with economic analysis on a monthly basis. Government and the Central Bank constantly consult the CZI on key economic issues.
Information Dissemination: CZI provides members with information that is important and general in nature to suit the membership needs. CZI also provides survey/research-based information.
Key activities of the CZI
• Maintain dialogue with Government to work towards achieving a more conducive business environment.
• Lobbying for the promotion of exports through export incentives.
• Organise workshops and seminars on topical issues.
• Advocacy work targeted at parliamentarians and other policy makers.
• Coordinating a business linkage programme under which the CZI corporate members provide business opportunities to SMEs by subcontracting non-core activities.
What services are provided to Exporters?
Trade Promotion and Market Information
- Inform members of Trade promotion activities abroad
- Provide information and knowledge about market and trade conditions
- Information of business opportunities
Breakfast meetings or workshops on topical issues, Members round table, Congress, Annual General Meeting (AGM), Pre & Post budget meetings, Standing Committee meetings, Economic Outlook, Manufacturing Sector Survey, Business Confidence Index and golf tournaments