Consistent with the collective aspirations and determination of the people of Zimbabwe to achieve an Empowered and Prosperous Upper Middle-Income Society by 2030, the Second Republic launched Vision 2030 to chart a new transformative and inclusive development agenda. It is the pursuit of this vision which will deliver broad based transformation, new wealth creation and expanding horizons of economic opportunities for all Zimbabweans, with no one left behind.
Pursuant to this, Government developed the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) to guide the reform process during the period 2018 to 2020. Although we faced some challenges along the way, significant progress was made in the implementation of the TSP across its various pillars.
The next steps towards attaining the objectives of Vision 2030 will be guided by the interventions that the Second Republic is going to undertake through the National Development Strategy 1: 2021-2025 (NDS1), as we march towards achieving an upper middle-income society by 2030. The NDS1 is our first 5-year Medium Term Plan aimed at realising the country’s Vision 2030, while simultaneously addressing the global aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda 2063.
The NDS1 is premised on four critical guiding principles. The first is a recognition that bold and transformative measures are required to underpin the drive towards the attainment of our Vision 2030. Slow and incremental change will not deliver the transformation that the people of Zimbabwe deserve.
Secondly, it is clear that, while we continue to make headway with our international re-engagement efforts, which in time will yield positive results, we must intensify our efforts to generate growth through intentional mobilisation of domestic growth vectors. To this end, the NDS1 must attend to the development and capacitation of key national institutions, which will create the enabling environment critical for transformative economic growth. Further, let me re-emphasise that Zimbabwe is open for business to all investors, foreign and domestic, including Zimbabweans in the Diaspora.
Thirdly, the NDS1 must deliberately leverage Zimbabwe’s competitive advantages particularly with regards to the configuration of our natural resource endowment, our excellent ecological endowment and our skills base.
Finally, for transformative and inclusive growth to bring benefits to all Zimbabweans in a fair, transparent and just manner, we must deepen our commitment to the tenets of good corporate governance as enunciated in our Vision 2030 document.
I call upon all the people of Zimbabwe, including the private sector, civic society and co-operating partners, to work together through this Strategy, for us to realise our Vision 2030 goals.
I therefore commend the National Development Strategy 1 for January 2021-December 2025 to the people of Zimbabwe.
Together, harnessing the collective energies of all Zimbabweans, from across the length and breadth of our uniquely blessed country, we will achieve Vision 2030 for an Empowered and Prosperous Upper Middle-Income Society by 2030.
I thank you.
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
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Source: Government of Zimbabwe