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Government is setting up a monitoring and evaluation team to assess the effects of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 on the business sector and make improvements according to recommendations from stakeholders. The Statutory Instrument removed 42 products from the open general import licence, restricting their importation into Zimbabwe. This was after it was felt that local industry had capacity to produce the goods. Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha said the policy was part of recommendations made by the private sector as a way of addressing challenges they were facing. He said firms that were negatively affected by SI64 could approach Government for solutions. Minister Bimha said the policy was a temporary measure which sought to address challenges in the manufacturing sector and protect local companies from imports. SI64 controls a wide array of imports, including coffee creamers, camphor creams, white petroleum jellies, body lotions, builders’ wares such as wheelbarrows, structures and parts of structures of iron or steel, bridges and bridge sections, lock gates, lattice masts, roof, roof frameworks and doors. – Herald

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