By David Mwanza in Hwange
The mining sector is well on course to achieving the US$12 billion economy by the year 2023, First Secretary and President Cde ED Mnangagwa has said.
President Mnangagwa made the remarks during his first day of the two day Coal and Coking Coal Projects tour which is underway in Hwange District in Matabeleland North Province.
On his first day, President Mnangagwa held a ground breaking ceremony of the Western Areas Coal Fields, before touring Tutu Coking Coal Project and the massive Hwange Colliery Company Chaba Mine investment.
The President is being accompanied by the Minister of State for Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Richard Moyo, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Cde Winston Chitando, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Sekai Nzenza and the Minister of Environment, Hospitality and Tourism, Cde Mangaliso Ndlovu.
President Mnangagwa said the first day of the tour left him “extremely impressed and delighted,” that the US$12 billion mining sector economy was on the horizon.
“Let me openly inform you that in the mining sector the vision is on course. I have no doubt that we are going to achieve the goal we have set ourselves in that sector. I am satisfied that the mandate, vision and task I gave Minister Chitando seems achievable. The companies in the mining sector show their commitment to the expansion, modernization and growth of this mining sector,” said President Mnangagwa.
“I feel extremely impressed and delighted so far. This is the second company we have visited today. The tone of the visit was set at the first meeting when we had a debriefing by Minister Chitando who explained and articulated our vision for 2023 in the area of mining sector where we envisaged to achieve US$12 billion mining sector economy.”
President Mnangagwa called for cooperation between Government and the private sector to achieve the 2023 vision.
“It is one thing to have a vision. It is quite another to walk the road map to achieve the vision. To do so you need stakeholders who are committed to the concept. You need stakeholders who will stay on course. You need an environment that can make the vision to flourish. You need a stable, united harmonious country,” said the President.
“Government also needs support from the private sector. The challenges facing the country are not Government challenges but are national challenges. The nation is composed of both the public and private sector. The two sides must pull together towards the betterment of the lives of the people.”
He also called for community participation while reiterating unlimited support for the private sector.
“We need those in Government, public sector, private sector, the communities where these companies operate to pull in one direction. To pull in unison. Our desire is to achieve the upper middle income by 2030. Let me assure you today that you enjoy the support of the Government in your endeavor to grow and prosper. I appeal to all companies in here to assist in the construction and development of infrastructure like roads, water, electricity, housing, social amenities like schools and clinics.”