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Parliamentary round up: Bulletin No. 23 / 2010
Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust
October 27, 2010

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House of Assembly Plenary - Question Session

This Wednesday, on 27 October 2010 the attendance of Ministers was not as good as last Wednesday, which saw almost a full house. Backbenchers continued to ask critical questions that affect people in their respective constituencies.

Incomplete Government Projects

Hon. F.M. Sibanda (MDC-T Magwegwe) quizzed the Minister of Public Works, Hon. Gabbuza on the more than 500 government projects dotted around the country which have remained incomplete for many years. Hon. Gabbuza acknowledged that there were 550 incomplete projects around the country and he attributed this to inadequate budgetary allocations. He said as a wayforward, his ministry has prioritized 126 of those projects for completion next year provided the ministry was allocated $46 million in the 2011 national Budget.

Investment Promotion Measures

The Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada informed the House that his ministry was working on various initiatives to promote investment in the country. One such initiative was the one-stop investment centre. The idea was to try to put all government departments and agencies that have to do with investment under one roof at the Zimbabwe Investment Authority offices in order to expedite licence processing. The Minister further revealed to the House that at the present moment Zimbabwe’s investment was standing at 4% of GDP and government’s objective was to increase it to 25% of GDP to complement or reinforce the growth that has been registered. Hon. Mashakada was responding to a question posed by Hon. Ronald Ndava (ZANU PF Chiredzi North).

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