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The Zimbabwe government is considering introducing drones as part of aggressive measures to curtail rampant smuggling along the country's borders, says Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha.

Smuggling of cheap goods along the country's porous borders is one of the biggest threats to attempts by the government and local industry to boost domestic production and create jobs.

Smuggled basic foodstuffs and clothing among other goods continue to find their way into the country through both official and unofficial entry points facilitated by corrupt Customs officials.

Bimha, who lamented that some cartels are also coming up with new means to smuggle goods, told stakeholders here Monday that some of the security initiatives such as the recent installation of closed circuit television (CCTVs) at and along the borders are paying off.

"The more measures we put to limit imports, the more other people put in place (theirs) to bring in the goods through unofficial channels," Bimha told a meeting of retailers to discuss the impact of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2014, which was introduced last month to regulate the import of basic foodstuffs, among other goods coming into the country.

"We are already seeing the benefits of CCTVs at our borders and we are also considering bringing in drones and things like that."

Drones are small, unmanned aircraft which can be used for surveillance purposes, providing video evidence of happenings on the ground.

Bimha said the government had put in place a ministerial committee to address the issue of smuggling.

Video evidence from the CCTVs have shown trucks being driven through dry river courses along the country's borders to bring in goods through illegal crossing points.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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