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The 17th Zanu-PF Annual National People’s Conference

The 17th Zanu-PF Annual National People’s Conference this week will consolidate national efforts towards reviving Zimbabwe’s economy, a senior ruling party official has said.

This is a marked departure to the previous regime where political issues, particularly factional fighting, took centre stage.

This time, the plenary will discuss the economy and give direction to Government on implementing high-impact economic programmes to fast-track recovery, growth and development.

The meeting is themed “Zimbabwe Is Open For Business: Peace, Unity Towards An Upper Middle-Income Economy By 2030”.

Mzingwane High School in Esigodini, Matabeleland South Province will host over 3 500 accredited delegates with tomorrow’s Politburo meeting marking commencement of the conference.

Party President and First Secretary Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa will headline proceedings at the Conference, following ratification of his leadership at last year’s Extra-Ordinary Congress.

The Conference follows the party’s thumping victory in the July 2018 harmonised elections.

Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Dr Obert Mpofu said deliberations this year would ignore politicking and would focus on pertinent issues.

“We will be dealing mainly with issues to do with the economy, issues to do with the party, issues that were raised in our manifesto, resolutions from the provinces and the general economic situation,” said Dr Mpofu.

“So the agenda has been drafted in such a way that it will be business throughout the days that have been set for the Conference.”

President Mnangagwa is aggressively pursuing quick economic recovery through implementation of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (2018–2020), premised on fiscal consolidation, economic stabilisation, and stimulation of growth and creation of employment.

The Conference, said Dr Mpofu, would be short and focused, unlike previous gatherings.

“We are on course; all departments, all committees have finalised their preparation and we want to assure the delegates and the country that it’s all systems go. This will be one of the most eventful conferences being held under the New Dispensation

“This is a very different Annual People’s Conference from all the others we held previously. This is a much focused Conference which has a lot of interest from the membership and the general populace in our country.

“It will be a very short Conference, instead of the usual five to seven days we used to take, this will be a three-day Conference because of the focused nature of the agenda.”

Dr Mpofu said resolutions from provincial meetings would be considered.

“We will actually be guided by resolutions from provinces on others issues to be included in the agenda. It is the resolutions that will determine the outcome of the Conference.