BAZ, Potraz Merger On Cards

Cabinet has resolved that the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) be unified to a single entity as part of Government’s parastatal reform plan.

In a statement, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa said they have been pursuing state-owned enterprises and parastatals looking at how they can turn around the nation’s ailing economy. 

“Government has been consistent in emphasizing the critical contribution expected from the State Enterprises and Parastatal (SEP) sector towards the revival of Zimbabwe’s economic fortunes and in this regard has for some time been pursuing a programme of SEPs reform designed to enhance performance, improve service-delivery and to bring more order, discipline and rationality to the sector as a whole.

“This includes (i) promoting good corporate governance in the SEPs sector, (ii) undertaking an overall Strategic Portfolio Review, (iii) individual SEPs Performance Reviews and, (iv) conducting Forensic Audits where the need arises in some SEPs,” he said.

The minister said BAZ and Potraz will be merged.

“It is the cabinet decision that BAZ and Potraz be merged,” said Chinamasa.

Cabinet came up with this decision on April 10, 2018.

“Line Ministries have since responded to this directive, providing relevant data which, in turn, has used to develop a memorandum recommending State Enterprises Reforms. The Memorandum was considered by Cabinet on the 10th of April 2018 and came up with the following decisions:”

This conjunction comes at a time when Potraz which administers all the electromagnetic spectrum with it allocating the broadcasting frequencies that are managed by BAZ.

BAZ controls the broadcasting media alongside issuing operating licenses. Potraz is in charge of the telecommunications and postal industry which includes allocating spectrum to the aviation industry, broadcasting sector and mobile and fixed networks to mention but the few.

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