ED declares 2022 a year of growth
Harare (New Ziana) – The year 2022 will see increased emphasis on improving efficiencies, guaranteeing a stable political and socio-economic environment as part of efforts to ensure Zimbabwe’s economy transitions from the recovery to the growth phase as the next stage of the developmental agenda.
The second republic is implementing several strategies to transform the country into an upper-middle income economy by 2030.
In his New Year message to Zimbabweans, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said government was determined to ensure that the country realises its full potential.
“Going forward, we must remain optimistic and full of hope. As Zimbabweans, we are a nation gifted with the warrior spirit, always fighting for the good. Let us, therefore, remain united as we safeguard the gains we made in 2021 through working together. This will enable us to set a solid foundation for future generations. 2022 must be a year in which we focus on efficiencies through moving away from recovery to growth,” he said.
“On its part, my government will continue to work tirelessly to create a peaceful and stable political and socio-economic environment that guarantees the realisation of our full potential.”
President Mnangagwa commended Zimbabweans, both at home and in the diaspora for “rising to the occasion,” by keeping the economy going in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said through collective action and resolve, the country had scored various milestones on the socio-economic front, including the projected economic growth of 7.4 percent, which is one of the highest on the continent.
President Mnangagwa paid special homage to women and youth in both the formal and informal sectors, highlighting their instrumental role in the achievement of the “phenomenal socio-economic growth projected for the year 2021.”
He pledged additional government resources and facilities that enhance the participation of women and the youth in the development of Zimbabwe.
President Mnangagwa said this year’s economic growth was underpinned by a successful agricultural season, increased investments and capacity utilisation in mining, as well as government backed infrastructure development projects in roads, dam construction and housing, among others.
“Under the devolution and decentralisation agenda, various projects have also significantly benefited our people through the construction of schools, clinics as well as water and sanitation infrastructure. These will vault the development of rural industry systems and increase the gross domestic product and quality of life in our rural communities.
“Our institutions of higher learning, using the Education 5.0 philosophy, are also playing their part through the construction of innovation hubs and industrial parks. This has seen the development of many scientific inventions, nurturing of various start-up companies, as well as the registration of numerous patents and the production of new products,” he said.
“Through unity of purpose, we are developing a Zimbabwe that leaves no one and no place behind, which is in line with the aspirations of the Zimbabwe we all want.”