A BUSINESS AGENDA FOR EMCOZ

Background

The Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe, (EMCOZ) is an employer and business umbrella body that is charged with the responsibility of defending and protecting the interests of its members through the establishment of an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises, (EESE).

In line with its mandate to contribute to the development of a conducive environment for enterprises in Zimbabwe, the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) requested the ILO to assist EMCOZ in assessing the current environment for sustainable enterprises, based on the ILO methodology, and to identify areas for improvement. The report was designed to stimulate debate and to provide an evidence base for policy reforms for an environment more conducive to the promotion of sustainable enterprises in Zimbabwe. In particular, the report has been used to identify priority areas of policy reform to support the dialogue, advocacy and public policy work of organised business and organised labour.

The next step is for EMCOZ and its members to develop a Business Agenda based on the findings of the EESE assessment to ensure the advocacy of specific measures aimed to improve the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises in Zimbabwe. The EESE assessment and the final report has greatly benefited from inputs from tripartite participants in two national workshops held in October 2016 and June 2017, respectively.

Through support from the International Labour Organisation, EMCOZ seeks to engage a service provider to facilitate the development of a three year Advocacy/Business Agenda to enable it to pursue a structured lobbying and advocacy plan to influence policies, legislation and regulations towards sustainable enterprises.

Despite the critical role played by the informal economy, it is faced with many challenges and constraints that include an inconsistent policy environment, inhibitive legal and regulatory framework, limited access to financial services, markets, skills and technology, inadequate infrastructure, deficits in job quality and social security, unsatisfactory occupational health and safety standards, poor stakeholder management systems and lack of access to knowledge management and capacity building opportunities. The Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises, (EESE) assessment had a great focus on the informal economy given its growing importance in the Zimbabwean economy.
Scope of work
The Terms of Reference, (ToRs) for the work to be done are eclosed seperately.

Submissions

Submission of Expressions of Interest closes at 1600 on 29 June 2018.

The proposal should be submitted to the Executive Director of the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe no later than the 15th August, 2018.

Consultants registered as EMCOZ Recommended Service Providers are encouraged to apply.

EMCOZ

14 May 2018