12 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai Hails MTP

press release

The call by the principals to hold peaceful elections will maintain stability and grow the country's economy and ensure that there is progress in Zimbabwe, President Tsvangirai has said.

President Tsvangirai said this at the official launch of the First Annual Medium Term Plan (MTP) in Harare. "The call by the principals for peaceful elections will maintain stability," President Tsvangirai said.

"If you can talk about democracy but if you have no stability we will not have progress. Even with limited resources but with stability we will ensure that we have progress," said President Tsvangirai.

The MTP is a five year development plan, which was launched in July 2011 and whose thrust is to ensure that Zimbabwe achieves sustainable growth and development which is broad based and inclusive.

President Tsvangirai noted with great concern the non-performance and looting of resources in mining and agriculture sectors. "The mining and agriculture sector will spear our growth but the two have been a disappointment. We have a conflict of vision. There is no unanimity and this affects the whole country. "The discord arises from political competition as the country gears for elections," said President Tsvangirai.

Zimbabwe is expected to go for elections next year.

"The moment we talk about elections then we have discord," said President Tsvangirai.

He said investors were not willing to invest in Zimbabwe due to the inconsistence in government over the indigenisation policy. "There is need to create wealth and distribute it equally among the people. We need to create conditions that are favourable to everyone and that promote the development of the nation remembering that we have a bulk of the population that is unemployed," said President Tsvangirai.

He said the MTP should remain as a government project even when there has been a change of government. "Whatever government that wins elections must stick to the MTP. It should not be changed. It is a Zimbabwe development blueprint," said President Tsvangirai.

The MTP was attended by several ministers, MPs, chiefs, diplomats and senior government officials. They included the Vice President Hon. Thokozani Khupe and the Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada.

Minister Mashakada is responsible in implementing the MTP.

Hon. Khupe applauded the government for reviewing its performance. "It is the first time that government has decided to review ourselves on how we have performed. In the past the review was done by scholars. We need to know the challenges and successes so that we are wiser and fine tune the programme," said Hon. Khupe.

Hon. Mashakada said the MTP would guide the country's economic recovery with a vision for sustainable development.

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