Economic growth: A product of deliberate strategy

by | Apr 26, 2021 | Business, Local News, Politics | 0 comments

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

From the first day President Emmerson Mnangagwa got into power, there has been a consistent expectation.

Students of history see him as the Zimbabwean reincarnation of Deng Xiaoping, the reformist ruler who took over from Chairman Mao and led China`s transformation into a powerhouse.

Where Deng Xiaoping said: Never mind the colour of the cat, so long as it catches mice, President Mnangagwa, ED, as he is affectionately known declared;
“Zimbabwe is open for business,” and that has been his mantra since the November 2017.

His leadership philosophy was anchored on the idea that the economy must take precedence over politics.

This was shown in the appointments made by President Mnangagwa.
Some of the appointed Ministers included Prof Mthuli Ncube, a respected Economist,Dr Kirsty Leigh Coventry, an Olympian record holder and, the face of Operation Restore Legacy, the late (Rtd) Lt Gen Dr Sibusiso B. Moyo.

Among Ministry heads, he brought in Mr Nick Mangwana to be Permanent Secretary in the Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.
By his appointments, President Mnangagwa showed he was not interested in hearing political talk and political rally promises, he was not interested in populism.

He was clear from the beginning, and clearly stated that in order to fix the national economy, hard and painful decisions and sacrifices had to be made.
He also pushed for use it or lose it both in Agriculture and in mining.

He wanted Agriculture turned into a business. To do that we needed to up production, productivity and profitability in the sector.

He wanted us to fund our own infrastructure development and hence Prof Mthuli Ncube and Mr George Guvamatanga had to find means and ways to raise the money locally while plugging haemorrhaging funds from the system.

So in came TSP and it was painful, but President Mnangagwa held on, promising the country that the dusk is a signal of an impending dawn.

All across the board be it in Mining, Tourism, ICT, Industry and commerce or Education, they all had to present working papers and 100-day cycle delivery reports.

President Mnangagwa did not accept excuses and relieved not one but two Ministers of their jobs for suspected corruption.

The appointment of Mr Nick Mangwana as the Secretary of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services was a stroke of genius.
He brought with him a refreshing flare to Government communication.

Using modern approaches and effectively using social media, he takes time to explain policies, even to those hostile to the national cause.
At a policy level, his Ministry has also been pursuing reforms necessary for national growth.

For the first time since the country attained independence, more television channels were registered marking a departure from ZBC`s television monopoly.
Community radios, which in the past have been a subject of debate, have been receiving licenses.
In Agriculture, the climate-proof Pfumvudza programme among other agricultural programmes was initiated for food sustainability.

Rural households at the moment are food secure, as a result of the initiative.
Other countries like Zambia are now adopting a similar method, banking on its success in Zimbabwe.

There has been a nexus between the country`s reengagement agenda and the agricultural rebound being witnessed in the country.
Engagement and re-engagement efforts have paid off with John Deere signing a mechanisation partnership to supply tractors. Power generation has gone up and soon we will become energy sufficient.

Increased land utilisation, revamping of irrigation schemes and quick response to issues have been the hallmark of the new dispensation.
The New Dispensation has steadfastly maintained on the trajectory first spelt out by the President at his inauguration.

Not even the Covid-19 pandemic, could stop the success of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme.
The TSP has since been replaced by its successor the National Development Strategy 1, which shows a continuation of a well thought out national development idea.

Beyond the blueprints, there has been real work on the ground.
Several key infrastructure like Marovanyati and Causeway dams, Bulawayo water augmentation via the Nyamayendlovu/Epping Forest Water project has been completed.

About 200 kilometers of road has been widened along the Harare-Masvingo Highway.
On the vaccine front, Zimbabwe has done well, with Victoria Falls being arguably the first city on the continent to achieve herd immunity.
Currently we are ranked eighth in terms of vaccine progress on the continent.

All this shows that despite the debilitating sanctions, and predictions of many of an implosion which has not happened, two and half years after it was predicted shows we are on the right path.
Thus, production, productivity and profitability have been the guiding lights.
Vision2030 that looked like a pipe dream at its inception is now a very strong possibility and President Mnangagwa continues to defy odds.