Economic blueprint unveiled

Prof Moyo

Prof Moyo

Lloyd Gumbo Herald Reporter
THE Zanu-PF Politburo yesterday adopted Government’s economic blueprint that spearheads the turnaround and development of the economy over the next five years.Dubbed “Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset),” the blueprint is aligned to the party’s winning election manifesto, President Mugabe’s inauguration speech and his address to Parliament as he officially opened the First Session of the Eighth Parliament.

Zim Asset identifies four, but all-encompassing clusters which the Zanu-PF Government will prioritise from this month to the December 2018 harmonised elections.

The clusters are; food security and nutrition, social services and poverty reduction, infrastructure and utilities and value addition and beneficiation.

“It is a document which came up about two weeks ago after being done by the Office of the President and Cabinet,” said Cde Gumbo after the Politburo meeting.

“We decided to interrogate it to see whether it captured things which were in the (party) manifesto. We felt we needed to align party policies and Government policies.

“It is for that reason that the chairperson of the policy drafting committee, Professor Jonathan Moyo, (Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister) presented the revised document to the Politburo.

“It was agreed that the document is in line with the party manifesto and hence Government was directed to implement it forthwith.”
The foreword by President Mugabe says the 116-page detailed document running under the theme; “Towards an Empowered Society and a Growing Economy), was crafted to achieve sustainable development and social equity anchored on indigenisation, empowerment and employment creation that would be largely propelled by the “judicious exploitation of the country’s abundant natural and human resources”.

“This cluster approach will no doubt, enable Government to prioritise its programmes for implementation with a view to realising broad results that seek to address the country’s socio-economic challenges.

“Given the resource constraints, Government will come up with robust and prudent fiscal and monetary measures to buttress and boost the implementation of Zim Asset,” President Mugabe said.

Government ministries and agencies, he said, were expected to work together in championing the implementation of the blueprint.
President Mugabe said the Office of the President and Cabinet would play a leading and co-ordinating role as an overseer of the implementation process to ensure attainment of the set targets.

Zim Asset says as the country moves forward post-election, there is urgent need to put in place an economic blueprint guided by the Zanu-PF manifesto and the Presidential Vision as encapsulated in his inauguration speech on August 21.

“The blueprint will be focused on a people-centred Government that prides itself in promoting equitable development and prosperity for all Zimbabweans leveraging own resources.

“Additionally, the plan must ensure that there is sustainable growth and development of the economy by, among other things, engendering unity of purpose among the different stakeholders,” reads the 116-page economic plan.

It further says institutional structures and systems would be strengthened through the establishment of Results Based Government that seeks to optimise use of scarce resources allocated in order to reinforce the achievement of indigenisation,  empowerment and employment creation agenda.

“This will be achieved through re-orienting Government ministries to formulate policies and programmes being guided by the Results Based Management system which focuses on clear organisational visions, mission, values, key result areas, goals and objectives which are translated into a framework of outcomes, outputs, strategies and resources.

“A wider consultative process within Government and the private sector and a review of previous national development programmes, greatly informed the formulation of this blueprint,” the document says.

The document identifies actions that would be taken by the Government to achieve its goals. To ensure food security and nutrition, Government would re-establish financial support for agriculture so that farmers increase production, productivity and product quality.
Government would also recapitalise and capacitate AgriBank and the Grain Marketing Board while the Presidential Input Scheme would also continue at household and community level.

“Social Services and Poverty Reduction, Zim Asset will ride on the opportunities of the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Programme for the funding of public utilities in communities such as schools, hospitals, housing and other social amenities with the intention of creating employment for the youths and women thereby improving the standard of living of the populace.

“A robust infrastructure network and system plays a fundamental role in Socio-Economic Development of Zimbabwe. Government will rehabilitate, upgrade and develop the national grid, road and railway network, water storage, supply and sanitation buildings as well as Information Communication Technology related infrastructure.

“Accordingly, the Infrastructural Development Bank of Zimbabwe will need to be recapacitated to enable it to strategically fulfill its mandate in infrastructure development. The plan will in addition prioritise attainment of optimal generation of power, the production and use of bio-fuels as enablers for economic productivity and growth,” reads the document.

On value addition and beneficiation, the blueprint says, all primary commodities across sectors were expected to create more value through processing and beneficiation.

It says given the country’s abundant mineral resources base, Government expected the sector to contribute immensely towards the Gross Domestic Product growth.

The blueprint also sets short-term interventions whose results were expected to be immediately felt. On food security and nutrition, the document says Government would intensify collection of maize from Zambia and distribute to needy families.

Government would also provide food relief to vulnerable groups from GMB stocks while at the same time working out vulnerable groups and small holder subsidised agricultural input scheme for the 2013/2014 cropping season including the Presidential Input Scheme.

The document said Government would also set up an AgriBank concessionary funding facility for A2 farmers while a livestock drought mitigation programme for drier regions would also be put in place.

The intervention on the social services and poverty eradication cluster, would see Government execute “robust capacity development initiatives that address issues of recapitalising engagement and retention of skilled manpower among other measures”.

Revamping operations of State Procurement Board with immediate effect to ensure efficient utilisation of resources is one of the interventions targeting the social services and poverty eradication cluster.

Government would also protect vulnerable groups including removal of user-fees for selected population groups.
“Procurement of water treatment chemicals from local producers for all local authorities and Zinwa. Provision of land for housing and embarking on aggressive housing programmes,” reads the document.

On Infrastructure and Utilities cluster, Government would among other things undertake a national blitz to rehabilitate water supplies, sewerage systems, roads, health facilities and schools in all urban centres, institute measures to improve processes at the Registrar General’s Office by December 2013 and urgently attend to various infrastructure projects construction and maintenance of trunk roads and feeder roads through funding from Central Government and Public Private Partnerships.

Some of the short-term interventions in the value addition and beneficiation cluster would see full operationalisation of the Chisumbanje Ethanol project, the New Zim Steel project and establishment of a diamond cutting and polishing centre.

In its manifesto, Zanu-PF said at least US$7.3 billion worth of assets was projected from the indigenisation of 1 138 foreign firms in 12 key sectors of the economy.

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  • Magen’a

    A plan to December 2018, hee? Shouldn’t we be doing long-term economic plans and then only draft short-term plans to fit into the long-term ones? Hameno.

  • Mimi

    Having been alienated before from ZANU-PF, Professor Jonathan Moyo is going to be one of the hardest working Ministers in the current crop of Ministers. He now knows where his bread is buttered. Same applies to Mavhaire. ZANU-PF knows how to arm-twist those who criticize its policies. Manifestos or not Zimbabweans have no real need to know these written documents as most hardly know their meaning. All we are concerned about is real action on the ground, social services, food, the maintenance of roads, electricity, water and many other pressing issues. Above all Zimbabweans will be happy if corruption and the continuous looting of the few resources that are on offer are not taken up by Ministers, The Big Fish. They could also start be cutting down on unnecessary trips. Just next week a delegation of more than 20 people will travel to Rome for UNESCO and yet we have a whole Zimbabwean Embassy on the ground. A few scientifically experienced people would do the job. But alas with Christmas coming the trip is a T & S allowances sourcing trip These are some of the trips that should be stopped. Zimbabwean Diplomats should do the work in their places of posting.

    • ZANU PF SHARE THE MONEY

      Taura zvako Mimi. Thanks for the great comment and contribution !!

    • Hacha Ndizvo

      Ya correct. Lets hope the good Professor is not attempting to divert attention from non-performance so that people are busy for the next five years analyzing, dissecting, discussing, criticizing and generally wining and dining over the document while nothing happens on the ground. We are tired of these credenza ornaments – just perform on the ground like our good old Chinotimba

  • Popiro

    how many blueprints have we had in the past?

    there should be a blueprint of corruption.

  • Rodger

    Yava yechinganiko BluePrint iyi.

  • wolfgang mozart

    Wat the *** minister achieves is a dossier of voluminous hot air. True to his supposed credentials, t z all political rhetoric that can make sense at a rally or to hair brained audience. for staters a blueprint is qualitative and quantitative outining measurable deliverables, not this hogwash devoid of sound economic theory premised on relevant and applicable orthordox principles. Is is an indictment to our celebrated status as africa ‘s most learned populace..Pliz mininister, do go back to the drawing board and engage those in the know before insulting our intelligence again..

    • Drudge Report

      Be that as it may you were only given a summary of the document. What I urge you to do is read the 116 page document then do your criticism. Ndatenda!

  • tichaitonga

    hahahahaha another blue print!

    • Drudge Report

      If you had done project management you’d realize that all projects require project planning to guide you to meet your objectives. Thus It is fundamental to have a “blueprint” for any economic plan. Wakambovaka imba pasina plan here Iwe?

      • tichaitonga

        sorry for extra late reply, but have we ever done a results analysis of all these blueprints. OK. You have built a house, but have you ever produced a new plan for your single house every three months, master planner?

  • ROKA FELLA

    we live in the information age,those who have the information shall inherit and indeed be part of zims gravity defying economic recovery,goodwork zpf govt fro furnishing us with the info

    • [email protected]

      Its easier said than done lets wait & see if these so called blue prints can be implemented by this party called ZANU P.F.

  • svinurai

    We have been here before ad neuseum. A high hyperbolic PHD thesis, full of sound and fury signifying nothing. Toita sei vanhuwe? We seem to love these high sounding talk shows and time wasting costly conferences when all that is needed is ACTION.

    A n attitude for activity and results
    C onsultation and communication
    T imelines with measurable goals
    I mplementation of programmes
    O versight with regular review to discard deadwood
    N o nonsense passion for performance

  • Vatinetsa

    Why so long time plans 2018 heiiiiii. What about fulfilling your promises guys? Why just good in talking like teachers.

  • YOWE78

    Until ZANU PF starts seriously addressing the issue of corruption no blue or red print can turn around my beloved country!!!! People have to be brought to justice not just this selective prosecution which is happening…vanhu ngavasungwe…then zvimadocument izvi will be taken seriously by policy implementors

  • Farai ‘Dabu’ Marimbi

    Could the herald link to this Zimasset Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation document. We all want to read and buy into it.

  • Madzungu

    The MDC noisemakers are at it again, always criticising everything like they know any better, when they could not even tell that MDC would never lead them to anywhere until the bhora mugedhi train suddenly crashed them into submission. Now they want to to take their revenge in these useless media debates. They are always the first ones to comment on any government and ZPF programme. Now after taking their cue from Eddie Cross they are busy outdoing each other in making themselves fools in Parliament. They have nothing positive to contribute to this country. What positive debates have they made in parliament before, during and now after, GNU? They are busy driving someone else’s agenda and so they will never care. After they have nothing to lose in this country. Those who fought for this country in one way or another will know what I am talking about. MDC has no stake in this country. But at least overt stupidity gives people an idea of what they would have voted into Parliament. I always tell my friends that opposition politics is always welcome but not the MDC kind of opposition. This party has killed in many people the desire for change, what with this stupid kind of change they advocate. A lot of people now know that these empty vessels always make the loudest noises. Now they are hysterically clamouring for the implementation of the winning manifesto when they could not demand the same from their party fools in the GNU government. ZPF should never be stampeded by these dunderheads to implement anything. The ZPF machine should take it’s own time to achieve its own goals. Let’s give them a chance and comment after, not before, why the hurry to interfere, give ZPF a break please.

    • Professor

      Tibvirei apa. Blueprint yei? Since 1980 no output!

  • JZ

    The Blueprint, is a welcome step, we need a collective national vision.
    We also need community development forums to enable communities to fit and contribute into implementation of the blueprint. Most plans are implemented by governments, lets try to be among few countries in the world that actually engage the community in policy implementation. Community Development Forums can be platforms for implementation and evaluation of progress.

    I have always said government cannot be the change, government can only provide platforms and policy direction. We need an inspired citizenry to start doing things differently, a new culture where people believe we can do the extra ordinary.
    Youths are the energy to provide a spark to make things happen. It’s time for an economic revolution, it’s time for Zimbabwe to be the economic miracle of Africa. The game is on.

  • investor

    Where can one get a copy of this blueprint ?
    Is this for real now ?

  • tee

    leave politics aside and talk facts. Get educated mhan!!!!!