ZIMBABWE: ECONOMY/THE HERALD/25/1/18 SABANews 1
DAVOS – The new government of ZIMBABWE says it is making headway in its quest to return the SADC country into the global economic arena, with scores of key players in world politics reportedly warming up to President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA.
The 75-year-old Head of State, now TWO months at the wheel, has attended the 48TH World Economic Forum in the SWISS Municipality of DAVOS; where he has assured would-be investors his government wishes to change the way of doing business.
He has told TV-7 in a live interview ZIMBABWE wants to embrace the rest of the world and expects the international community to embrace the country in return.
President MNANGAGWA says his economically battered nation is ready for investments and is aware of the need to find ways to re-engage the rest of the globe, but it also realises capital will only go where it feels comfortable.
He says his administration will therefore find out what is required to convince the international community to accept ZIMBABWE as a suitable investment destination.
President MNANGAGWA has further pledged to hold free, fair and non-violent elections before JULY this year, saying he will respect the outcome even if his ruling ZANU PF loses the polls.
While the previous regime of ROBERT MUGABE had shut out perceived enemies like the BRITISH Government, the EUROPEAN UNION and the UNITED STATES, he says this will not be the case this time around.
President MNANGAGWA says he has repeated many times that ZIMBABWE is open and transparent; therefore, there is no reason to shut out international observers to the elections with such a pledge.
He says the ZIMBABWE Electoral Commission is winding up the exercise of registering voters, which ends on the 12TH of next month, after which he will announce the election date and the ballots will certainly be before JULY.
ZIMBABWE, during its land reform program 16 years back, left the COMMONWEALTH, also known as the COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS, an intergovernmental organisation of 52 mostly former BRITISH colonies.
President MNANGAGWA says he intends to re-join the group in his drive to re-engage the international community and return his country’s economy back on track.
He has further told TV-7 ZIMBABWE has no qualms with other countries, including the UNITED STATES, whose President DONALD TRUMP recently called AFRICA a dug-out latrine.
He says the SADC and the AFRICAN UNION offices have responded to Mr TRUMP for the rest of black governments, and he believes the people of ZIMBABWE have no case against the people of AMERICA, or vice versa.
The new ZIMBABWEAN Head of State, who took over the reins of power following the resignation of ROBERT MUGABE after ruling for 37 years, faces a serious task to restore confidence at home and abroad./Sabanews/cam