22 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - Issue 504

press release

In his end of year statement, President Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe is poised for growth in 2013, premised on the conduct of free and fair elections, which he is widely expected to win. He said he intends to embark on a comprehensive jobs plan and infrastructure rehabilitation. The head of government said Zimbabwe has potential to become one of the leading developed nations in Africa if toxic political issues were solved.

"I think the country can only go from strength to strength if we are able to deal with our hygiene issues of politics. I am sure our country will be on a very positive trajectory economically. It is the growth we are looking for, to increase the national cake in order for us to share," he said.

The President said the Launch of JUICE; a jobs plan developed by MDC, would address the high unemployment levels the country was facing.

"The people are being educated and unemployed. This is very frustrating for the young population. They are disillusioned and we need to come up with a response which says that economic plan should be focused on the creation of jobs, revival of industries, infrastructure, agriculture, luring foreign direct investment, ensuring that the skills level we have in the country is enhanced and that will create a lot of absorption capacity for the unemployed. JUICE is the answer" the head of government said.

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