Investments should not bring conflict- NPRC

by | Sep 22, 2021 | Business | 0 comments

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The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) has urged authorities to ensure that there is harmonious co-existence between companies that establish businesses in Zimbabwe and their host communities.

The recommendation comes as there have been reports of tension between some communities, especially rural and foreign owned companies.

In an International Peace Day preparation Press Conference yesterday, NPRC Commissioner Dr Golden Chekenyure said conflict potential should be included in the business forecasting.

“Our country needs investments as the country is under the mantra “Open for Business” however we should just not welcome investors but rather in addition of an Environmental Assessment, there is need for a Peace Conflict Assessment so that there is no conflict between the people hosting the company and the company that is coming in to invest,” said Dr Chekenyure.

He said there will be recommendations to ensure that it is adopted as part of the prerequisites for setting up a business in Zimbabwe, especially in the extractive sector.

“I think the Commission is taking it up as something that is needed to be done. Hence before an investment is done, besides an Environmental Assessment, a Peace Conflict Assessment is needed as well. This will be done by engaging with the community first to ensure a peaceful investment,” said Dr Chekenyure.

He said the NPRC has a job to also make recommendations in issues pertaining to foreign investors and communities hosting them.

The recommendations are reported to the Parliament through the Ministry.

After an issue is brought up to the Commission, they make reference to it and follow up.