The department of trade, industry & competition says it is confident all government entities are buying into the localisation drive despite differing views in parts of the state.

Localisation, viewed by critics as a form of protectionism, is a pillar of the government’s plan to revive distressed local industries such as sugar, poultry and steel. The policy — aggressively pushed by trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel — calls for the use of locally made inputs in manufacturing to boost economic recovery and requires business to target 20% of nonpetroleum imports for local replacement within five years. The government has also banned the use of imported cement on all government projects, boosting local firms such as PPC...

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