The President of the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe’s Clr Josiah Makombe was recently nominated as a private sector representative to co-chair the National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) Taskforce on Devolution and Decentralization.

The NECF was created in July 1997 as a means to provide a platform for public-private sector consultations on socio-economic issues. It is meant to lead in high-level dialogue on sector specific issues with a view to recommending solutions and policy options and also address identified as well as foreseen policy gaps. In order to enhance the socio-economic development process, the NECF intends to create a partnership among major economic players including Government, private sector, civil society, academia and other major stakeholders.

The decentralization and devolution policy acknowledges that with increased mandates, there will be need for greater capacitation of the lower tiers of Government, hence the need to incorporate local authorities in the NECF Taskforce.

The NECF has the following six Taskforces:

  1. Macroeconomics
  2. Food Security and Nutrition
  3. Transport, Information Communication Technology, Infrastructure and Utilities
  4. Social Services and Inclusive Development
  5. Devolution and Decentration; and
  6. Production, Productivity and Export Development


Commending on his appointment UCAZ President said that UCAZ was humbled and pleased with the appointment. It’s truly an honor to serve one’s country in such a capacity,” he said, adding that this was a sign of the good working relationship between UCAZ and government departments.

“This bears testimony to the strategic role that UCAZ plays as the voice of urban local government in Zimbabwe. It is a recognition by government of the enormous contribution that local authorities make in the national economy. We look forward to contributing ideas that will move our country forward as guided by the Devolution agenda and the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1),” said Clr Makombe.