Zimbabwe’s Annual Manufacturing Survey features a Gender Analysis component

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), an umbrella organization for more than 300 private sector companies, launched its annual assessment, which for the first time included a gender analysis of women in the manufacturing sector on 25 October.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha andUN Women Zimbabwe Country Representative Delphine Serumaga, at the launch.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha and UN Women Zimbabwe Country Representative Delphine Serumaga, at the launch.

Entitled Growing Manufacturing Competitiveness, Realities and Realignment, UN Women Zimbabwe and CZI partnered together to produce the annual manufacturing sector survey, which is Zimbabwe’s leading analysis of the performance and competitiveness of the sector, which contributed about 10 per cent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017.

“This survey has become a reliable source of information to government. It provides a scan of the business environment and it identifies the issues to be addressed,” saidMike Bimha, Minister of Industry and Commerce.

The country office began its engagement with the private sector in December 2016, when CZI and UN Women Zimbabwe convened a high-level dialogue on Women in the Economy: The Business Case for Investing in Women to Build a Strong Economy. An outcome of this was a decision by the CZI Executive Committee to establish a desk within the organization to focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment within the private sector.

UN Women Zimbabwe and CZI agreed in early 2017 to partner on the Annual Manufacturing Sector Survey, which included the country office’s participation in the design of the research instrument, in the field research, and in the development of the gender analysis of the findings. The country’s leading financial newspaper, Financial Gazette, published an extensive news report on the gender findings one day after the launch.

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