12 November 2012

Zimbabwe: PM Calls for Policy Consistency

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has urged the inclusive Government to work together and avoid politicking in order to achieve greater economic growth.

Speaking at the launch of the First Annual Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2011-2015 Implementation progress report, the Premier bemoaned the discord in the unity government and blamed it on premature election talk.

"There is no unanimity on how the country should be run. We are supposed to be working with one plan but there is discord arising from political competition. The issue of elections has brought discord in the vision we have for the nation," the PM said.

The MTP is Zimbabwe's five year development plan whose trust is to ensure that the country achieves sustainable growth and development which is broad based and inclusive.

PM Tsvangirai implored that Zimbabweans work towards fulfilling the economic blue print regardless of political affiliation. "This five year economic blueprint should be implemented. We are going to have elections but whatever government will emerge they should implement the MTP. It is Zimbabwe's development blueprint no matter what government comes into power they should use it."

The Premier vowed that despite the limited resources that the Government has, he would continue to focus on the Government Work Program.

"Our efforts have to speak to the ordinary people. The bulk of the people are still unemployed and we need a culture of accountability and transparency in Government," PM Tsvangirai said.

The Premier called for peaceful elections and urged Zimbabweans to heed the call by Principals in the inclusive Government to shun violence.

"Unless there is peace and stability then there can be no development," he said.

Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Tapiwa Mashakada said the implementation of the MTP has progressed well despite challenges.

"From the assessment done by stakeholders, the implementation of the MTP has been fair. However issues such as policy inconsistence and failure to attract credit lines, energy supply and high imports have been some of the challenges hindering us from achieving our targets," he said.

Mashakada said the evaluation was important as it gave direction to the government on how implementation of the MTP can be enhanced.

"The implementation progress report gives an evaluation of the progress made on the implementation of the MTP flagship projects and programmes. The report also highlights the challenges that government experienced during the period under review and the proposed sector strategies to ensure the implementation of the MTP is on track," he told delegates.

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