By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the cornerstone of the 2nd Republic is dialogue as it is mainly through dialogue that the country can overcome all its economic challenges.
Speaking at the inaugural 2020 Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) Economic Summit this Thursday in Harare, President Mnangagwa said it is only through collective effort and sharing of ideas that the nation can develop and grow.
“The cornerstone of the 2nd Republic is dialogue as a means of resolving challenges that may arise in our nation and sharing of knowledge amongst us as Zimbabweans,” he said.
President Mnangagwa stressed that economic and industrial growth requires joints effort of the entire nation.
“No one has the monopoly of ideas on how our country can speedily modernise, industrialise, develop and grow. It is only through dialogue and hard honest work that our collective efforts can be fruitful,” said the president.
President Mnangagwa reiterated the important role played by POLAD in enhancing national cohesion, unity and political tolerance.
“POLAD is a platform which seeks to enhance national cohesion, unity and political tolerance. In addition, the forum is committed to undertake remedial steps to address identified gaps to enhance economic stability, growth and sustainable development,” he said.
He also said that the 2020 inaugural POLAD Economic summit is an opportunity for various economic and political stakeholders to come together and come out with ideas that will help the government attain Vision 2030.
In that spirit, this summit presents us with an opportunity to put our minds together towards the realisation of our national vision and aspirations. We have, as a Government declared 2020 as the Year of Productivity and Trade, as such, let us work in unity of purpose to achieve our development milestones and ultimately, Vision 2030. Our nation is endowed with vast natural resources, human capital, and creativity which should be harnessed to build the foundation of a prosperous nation,” he said.
The summit brought together major stakeholders in the economy who pledged their continued support to Zimbabwe. Some of the stakeholders in attendance were, United Nations Devevlopment Programme (UNDP), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).
The POLAD, was conceived in February 2019, and launched in May the same year. It is a grouping of political parties which are in talks with the ruling ZANU PF party on resolving the current economic challenges that the country is facing.
By ZBC Reporter