By Tendai Moyo
Outgoing Ghanaian Ambassador Eric Odoi-Anim says prospects for Zimbabwe’s economic recovery are bright.
This he said yesterday after bidding farewell to President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde E.D Mnangagwa at State House yesterday.
Since the New Dispensation took over office, many attempts have been made to try and ensure that the country attains an upper middle income class by 2030. Improvement of road infrastructure, support of the agricultural industry, mining and tourism development among others have been high on the agenda.
The country’s engagement and re-engagement policy is also yielding intended results seen through the support from the region and beyond. Just last week President Mnangagwa launched an agricultural mechanization programme that is aimed at ensuring agricultural productivity and a food secure nation. The Belarus transport deal has also seen affordable transport for many locals.
“Zimbabwe under the leadership of President Mnangagwa is on the road to recovery. What matters is to get all the people of Zimbabwe to buy in the vision of the leadership so that you make progress. There is no way this country can continue to lag behind. It’s a beautiful country, there is huge potential. I believe that whilst the leadership is focused on a vision forward there is need to convince the people to buy into that vision,” said Ambassador Odoi-Anim.
“During my term of office, we managed to get the Permanent Commission of Cooperation between the two countries to kick start. We hold meetings at preparatory level, have meetings at technical level. We were supposed to finalise the meetings between April and May, but it was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are also making efforts to ensure our tertiary institutions engage and collaborate on research issues. We have trade activities and investment activities with Zimbabwe at a greater part. We have engaged Zimbabwe (National) Chamber of Commerce, ZimTrade and we do a lot to get our people to meet each other as entrepreneurs. Zimbabwe should look beyond South Africa as the only market, but try to look for other markets beyond the region and see Africa in the bigger picture.”