Building contractors have rallied behind Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), saying the noble initiatives by President Mnangagwa boost national development and will see Zimbabwe attaining the upper middle income economy status by 2030.
Zimbabwe Building Contractors Association (ZBCA) president, Engineer Christopher Mawere, told The Herald recently that infrastructure development can be one of the pillars for shared national development where people can talk with one voice.
“There is also need to ensure that previously disadvantaged groups such as women, youth and people living with disability are facilitated to participate in the development of national infrastructure,” said Eng Mawere.
Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers president, Engineer Thamsanqa Mpala, said there was need to “work collaboratively, manage holistically and at the same time empower ourselves through continuing professional development so that we are equal to modern society infrastructural challenges”.
“The brains and competences are right here in the country and on our own doorsteps.
“We have engineers and contractors that excel in their disciplines of work.
“It is important to get everyone coordinated and working together for the good of national development and achieving the objectives of Vision 2030 and NDS1,” said Eng Mpala.
Urban Development Corporation (UDCORP) board chairman Dr Caleb Makwiranzou said under the infrastructure development pillar on housing section, Vision 2030 focuses on investment in the construction of affordable housing across the country, given that accommodation is a basic human right.
“This will be underpinned by increased development in public infrastructure, complemented by the adoption of non-budgetary financing mechanisms that include public private partnerships and joint ventures,” he said.