THE Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-ASSET) is a well-crafted document which brings out a sense of hope in the recovery of Zimbabwe’s economy.
The executive summary of the document is very scholarly. The strategy for the implementation of the project is well focused and well-grounded in a clusters approach that enables evaluators to check on individual cluster for progress on implementation.
The foreword by President Robert Mugabe provides some guidelines as to the intention, purpose and thrust of the project. The four strategic clusters identified are:
- Food security and nutrition
- Social services and poverty eradication,
- Infrastructure and utilities
- Value addition and beneficiation.
The Zim-ASSET if well implemented and worked upon can bring very positive results to the economy of Zimbabwe as well as the general well-being of the society. This economic blue-print must be implemented outside the mantra of economic sanctions which has become a perennial excuse for non-performers. Indeed sanctions have been imposed on Zimbabwe and have impacted negatively on the livelihoods of Zimbabweans. Zim-ASSET has been crafted to bust those sanctions through the ‘judicious exploitation of the country’s abundant human and natural resources’.