Mugabe proposes Ten Point Plan for sustained economic growth

Mugabe proposes Ten Point Plan for sustained economic growth
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President Robert Mugabe

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Tuesday proposed a ‘Ten Point’ plan which will be used to maintain economic growth in particular the creation of jobs. The plan will be anchored on the agriculture sector and value addition and beneficiation.

In his maiden State of the Nation address since the adoption of the new constitution, President Mugabe said it was Government’s priority to return the economy to sustained growth. He called upon the people of Zimbabwe “to believe in ourselves, to believe in our collective capacity to overcome adversity and challenges that confront us.”

President Mugabe also emphasized the importance of strengthening re-engagement with international community particularly the multilateral lenders.

“Indeed, current re-engagement efforts with both bilateral and multilateral partners including the African development bank, Afro-Asian Bank and the World Bank under various initiatives should see improvement of relations and the opening up of new financing avenues, for long overdue reforms and development cooperation,” he said.

The Ten Point Plan consists of

1. Revitalising agriculture and the agro-processing value chain
2. Advancing Beneficiation and/or Value Addition to the agricultural and mining resource endowment
3. Focusing on Infrastructure development, particularly in the key Energy, Water, Transport and ICTs subsectors
4. Unlocking the potential of Small to Medium Enterprises
5. Encouraging Private Sector Investments
6. Restoration and building of confidence and stability in the financial services sector
7. Promoting joint ventures and public private partnerships to boost the role and performance of state owned companies
8. Modernising Labour Laws
9. Pursuing an Anti-Corruption Thrust
10. Implementation of Special Economic Zones to provide the impetus for foreign direct investment

President Mugabe said overall economic performance, to date, indicates modest growth particularly in the agriculture, mining, construction, tourism and telecommunications sectors. He said that in terms of agriculture, Government working closely with the private sector and development partners has adopted a grain importation programme.

President Mugabe said in order to buttress the positive economic gains, recorded to date, Government will implement policies that will improve the business environment and attract both domestic and foreign investment.

The President said another key government priority that aims to retain economy to sustained growth is reforming the Parastatals and State Enterprises and to this end, Government has since instituted a parastatal reform program targeting ten key enterprises.

He said in each case, specialised audits will be undertaken and various reform and turn around options will be identified.

“Underlining the importance we accord agriculture, the parastatal reform programme is beginning with the Grain marketing Board and Cold Storage Company,” he said.

He added that Government has also turned the spotlight on Corporate Governance throughout the public sector which he said has over the years fallen to levels well below what might be regarded as even minimally acceptable.

“The extravagance of remuneration packages and associated benefits which Boards and management have blithely awarded themselves borders on the obscene, reflecting avarice and greed instead of the commitment to serve which we expect,” he said.

President Mugabe said in line with its Rapid Results Approach framework, an urgent overhaul of the Companies act should be achieved before December 31, 2015.

In terms of other sectoral performance, President Mugabe said mining in 2015, exhibits stronger growth well above 3,5 percent driven primarily by substantial increases in gold, nickel, chrome coal output.
He said government will maintain the policy thrust on beneficiation and value addition that is supported by other reforms which enhance transparency and accountability in the sector.

He said tourism continues to experience tremendous growth.

President Mugabe said the financial sector remains stable. “There is need to maintain that stability hence Government will continue to focus on instituting corrective Statutory Instruments including amendments to the Banking Act.”

Commenting on the Supreme Court ruling of 17 July 2015 that has seen over 20 000 workers dismissed, President Mugabe said Government has reviewed the Labour Act which now awaits his assent.

“We must remove common law provisions that have been used by employers to unilaterally dismiss workers on notice, Whereas this is intended to be a win-win outcome for business and labour in the true spirit of partnerships, the labour reforms are part of the raft of policy measures and legislations being pursued by government to improve the ease of doing business,” he said.

President Mugabe also highlighted that government is pursuing both domestic and external financing for key programmes under ZimAsset which include infrastructure deficiencies.

He said this has seen government signing key projects with China covering energy, roads, railways and telecommunications, water, agriculture mining and tourism,” he said. –FinX

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  • kwv

    Yet again, full of sound and fury but signifying nothing. We have all heard these “promises” countless times before. His party has destroyed the agricultural sector and only last week he was ranting on about removing “white” farmers from productive farms. I thought racial discrimination was banned in the constitution?

    There has been a ceasely onslaught against business and manufacture as well as mining throught the senseless “indigenisation” project that has only benefitted fat-cat party insiders while at the same time ensuring no sensible investment will happen, despite the fact that it is desperately needed.

    We only have to look at Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana to see a far better way of running a country and upliftingt its citizens

  • Sagitarr

    I didn’t listen to the live broadcast because I find it hard and tiresome to listen to speeches that allow no criticism, are monologous and unidirectional. Besides, 35 years is two thirds of my life – I can’t allow anyone more than that in “listening time”. I’m for webinars and interactive debates or discussions where you drive your mouth only when the gear is fully engaged. We don’t need 10 point plans Mr President. We need simple bankable ideas, yours mostly aren’t. Too heavy on adjectives and populist rhetoric etc but thin on action (vapourware). You insult those we expect help from. You legislate against policies that will get us started… meanwhile the country needs you & your team to lead by example period. To quote Forbes.com, Jul 10, 2014 – What makes an Asian tiger (Singapore)…

    “Rather than shun foreign capital, Singapore welcomed it with tax concessions and temporary import tariffs. The plan was simple: foreign firms would bring capital, technology and skills, and Singaporeans would learn. Eventually, they would be able to replicate the business practices brought to Singapore by foreign companies”

  • josphat mugadzaweta

    and what happened to zimasset? is the 10 point plan another dummy? I am tired of this laggard.

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