THE ZANU PF 18th National People’s Conference theme
‘Mechanise, Modernise and Grow the Economy Towards
Vision 2030’, speaks to the journey the country has to
traverse to attain upper middle-income status by 2030,
according to the ZANU PF Secretary for Administration
Cde Obert Mpofu.
Cde Mpofu said the theme was formulated with a clear
understanding of the issues affecting growth in various
sectors of the economy.
Among the issues is continued use of antiquated
machinery by industry in the production of goods hence
the ‘Mechanise and Modernise’ aspect in the theme.
The governing ZANU PF Government under the leadership
of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has prioritised
retooling of local industry in order to bolster economic
activity and make the country more attractive to investors.
Modernising and mechanising operations in the various
sectors of the economy will ensure goods and services are
provided to consumers at affordable prices.
Said Cde Mpofu: “The theme basically summarises the
whole agenda of the 18th National People’s Conference
which is about the economy and productivity.
“The theme focuses on productivity and in order to do that
we need to mechanise and innovate in the various sectors
of the economy.
“Modernising is in the sense that we are behind so we are
trying to move away from old methods of production and
address the latest methods.
“Just look at the Smart Agriculture concept and how all
the value chain players are incorporated and speak to each other.
“Already we have witnessed how the Party through its
wings have tried to modernise and mechanise their
“For instance, we have the Youth League who acquired
modern mining equipment for their operations and this
has gone a long way in enhancing productivity among
Cde Mpofu said the Conference will also take stock of
progress made in implementing resolutions made at last
year’s Conference in Esigodini.
Further, he said, the Conference will review the country’s
economic performance as the Party was keen to improve
the livelihoods of people as espoused in the 2018 People’s
“We shall take the opportunity to review how far we have
gone implementing resolutions of the last Conference,”
he said. “Our particular concern is on the economic front
as we can only be successful if people have food and
“We have successful projects we are running as the
Party such as the bakeries projects spearheaded by the
“On the Government side, significant efforts are being
made towards reviving and building new irrigation
Turning to the state of the Party Cde Mpofu said the
organisation was healthy and efforts to professionalise its
operations had gone well.