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In FocusZimbabwe  and more ought to be done to drive growth. reconsider the restrictive measures in light We believe that this can be achieved in of the developments in the country. Our an environment where we have full control view is that reforms and progress in Zim- of government and are able to implement babwe must be rewarded appropriately and our economic vision and policy without the this would include lifting restrictive meas- internal contradictions that we currently ex- ures. When progress has been made, it must perience in the IG. One such contradiction be recognised. is ZANU PF’s indigenisation policy which Further, my team has worked hard over compels foreign companies to hand over 51 the years to help bring back Zimbabwe percent of their ownership to Zimbabweans. from international isolation. Our mere en- We believe this is no more than an elitist try into the IG played a significant role in project which invariably benefits the few in changing public and international percep- privileged positions, but it is being executed tions of Zimbabwe. There has been greater under the guise of empowering communities. engagement between Zimbabwe and the It is not different from the manner in international community. which the land reform programme was im- There has been constructive dialogue be- plemented, where land was simply occupied tween the government and international fi- without the attendant accessories of promot- nancial institutions such as the World Bank, ing productivity. As a result, while some Tsvangirai: constructive dialogue the IMF, AfDB, etc. Our constitution-mak- people now have the land, production levels ing process has been funded largely by the on that land have actually gone down. eral wealth. We will work to block revenue international community through UNDP. Similarly, ZANU PF’s indigenisation leakages that we are presently experiencing All this has been possible because the GPA policy is not growth-oriented but is based in respect of the export of our diamonds and reconfigured the government and provided on sharing the existing, albeit small, eco- other minerals. Transparency and account- a window of opportunity for both local and nomic cake without attendant plans to ex- ability are key factors that will guide us in external stakeholders to influence reforms pand it. The risk is that unbridled greed the generation of income from our natural on Zimbabwe’s political landscape. will lead not only to economic stagnation resources. This revenue will be used to fuel but will also fuel asset-stripping as those economic activities in the country. A few months ago, you sacked a number in favourable positions pursue a ‘crash and of MDC officials in government. What was burn’ mentality. the cause? Our entry into government We believe in creating growth and in pro- There were no sackings, as such. There moting an environment for both local and has in some ways sanitised was, however, a reorganisation of my office foreign direct investment. We appreciate – the prime minister’s office – where we that not every person can be an owner of a the image of the country, brought in new people to bolster the team business but that a viable economy requires and gradually Zimbabwe and reassigned existing officers to other employment opportunities for its people, roles. We wanted to allocate our resources especially for a country with a big popula- is emerging from efficiently, assigning staff to perform serv- tion of young people. ices that match their skills’ profile. Jobs for the majority of the people have a international isolation. We recognised the need to make ad- central place in our economic plan. It is for The process leading to full equate preparations to govern when we this reason that we have recently launched win elections and to run our programme of JUICE, our jobs plan for the future. JUICE integration is important institutional reform. It is important to bol- ment, Capital and Environment’ and the in order to ensure access ing that there is a strategic vision and plans-ster the political side of the office, ensur- is an acronym for ‘Jobs, Upliftment, Invest central theme is job creation through invest- to economic, political and that promote the efficiency of the office. We ment. We are particularly concerned that our are working to attract and harness the talent infrastructure needs serious improvement, social facilities and passion that is at our disposal to bolster and infrastructure development will itself our team and create efficiencies. provide opportunities for job creation. We will generally pursue an economic Economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe Will Zimbabwe ever rejoin the policy that encourages foreign invest- by the West are still in place. What have Commonwealth? ment, where property rights are protected you and your party been doing to get the We do not believe any country can survive and where fundamental freedoms are re- sanctions lifted? in isolation. We have to work together with spected. We do not believe in a culture of On our part, we have always maintained other countries and we have a number of freebies, where people expect to be given that those who imposed restrictive meas- organisations in which we are involved, things for free. Of course, we will provide ures did so at their prerogative and we have including the United Nations, the African facilities to protect the vulnerable in soci- no power over their decisions. We have al- Union and SADC, all of which have played ety, but we will be faithful to the values of ways rejected culpability for the sanctions. a critical role in resolving our challenges fairness, hard work, diligence and honesty We can only use our persuasive power in in recent years. For a long time we were a as grounds for building a decent and honest the national interest. happy member of the Commonwealth fam- and prosperous society. We have, therefore, invested effort in ily. We can only hope the Commonwealth Zimbabwe is richly endowed with min- persuading the international community to still has room for us.● 66 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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