Browsing: Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

DP World Luanda offers customers the use of a new digital tool for monitoring and managing the cargo sent to the Multiusos Terminal. Named Cargoes Flow, it was developed by the technological team of the DP World Group and allows you to monitor the shipment and arrival of orders in real time. At the same time, it allows customers to manage delays and the expectations of suppliers to whom the cargo is intended and, consequently, minimize the resulting financial losses.
Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s trade is carried by the global shipping industry.
Without shipping, global cargo trade via imports and exports would essentially cripple nations and international markets.
The sector was heavily hit by the Covid-pandemic disrupting global supply chains yielding a sharp increase in freight costs.
This came with the partial closure of key ports in China, one of Africa’s leading market sources.
Despite this, data shows China-Africa trade reached $185.2 billion between January and September 2021, up 38.2 percent year-on-year.
As shipping lines suspended operations, many factories followed suit essentially shutting down much of the global international trade.
Following the 2020 global shipment shutdown, another shipping crisis forced goods to be locked down for weeks.
The blockage of the Suez Canal by giant cargo vessel, the 400 meter-long-Ever Given operated by global shipping firm Evergreen, became wedged across the Suez after being blown off course

The demand for quality warehousing in Africa has been skyrocketing, especially with the rapid mushrooming and proliferation of e-commerce platforms across the continent.

However, the supply has scarcely risen to meet the burgeoning demand. In 2021, the African e-commerce industry grew by 31 per cent to US$28B in revenues from US$21.4 in 2020; whilst in 2022, the industry is predicted to produce US$33.3B in revenue.

This upward trajectory has largely determined the steady growth of the warehousing and logistics market in the continent. Overall, Global Smart Warehousing Market is valued at USD 14.46 Billion in 2020, and is expected to reach USD 31.57 Billion by 2027 with a CAGR of 11.8 per cent over the forecast period. With the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) going on its second year, the sector is projected to register robust growth due to increased intra-African trading on a macro-level.


Special Economic Zones is a concept still in its infancy yet progressive in Zimbabwe. In general, Special Economic Zones exist to attract investments in particular regions of a country.

In which, those investing in SEZs benefit from several fiscal and non-fiscal incentives established by the government of that particular country.

In the passages to follow, I intend to outline the incentives for operating in Zimbabwe’s SEZs as well as, explaining the finer details of regulation and bodies which govern these zones.

To begin with, the Special Zones Act was enacted in November 2016 as part of the government’s efforts to engage foreign investors and, reversing the country’s economic decline.

Through this Act, the Zimbabwe Special Economic Zones Authority was established to oversee and assist companies/investors keen to conduct business in these areas.

The main functions of the Authority include administering and controlling SEZs, granting investment licences, and monitoring activities of …