President Mnangagwa articulates Zimbabwe’s economic reform agenda at UN

By Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the Second Republic’s economic reform agenda has become a success story in key sectors such as mining and agriculture, despite the heavy burden of illegal sanctions.

He was addressing the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York this Thursday.

The phrase, ‘a friend to all and enemy to none’ defines the work ethic of the Second Republic which has seen the country pursuing a vigorous approach in economic diplomacy.

Swimming against the tide, Zimbabwe continues to find ways of growing the economy in the face of the illegal economic embargo imposed by the United States and its Western Allies.

In his address at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York this Thursday, President Mnangagwa said notable progress has been made in sectors like mining and agriculture.

“Economic reforms have been implemented resulting in significant progress in sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, mining, tourism. Our Zimbabwe is open for business mantra has fostered strong partnership between the government and the private sector for inclusive and sustainable development. At international level, Zimbabwe has adopted an engagement and re engagement policy. This policy is underpinned by the principles of mutual understanding and respect, cooperation, partnership and shared values with other members of the international community. We desire to be a friend to all and an enemy to none,” he said.

The progress in the mining sector is going beyond just the extraction of minerals as President Mnangagwa puts emphasis on value addition.

Before leaving for the United Nations General Assembly, President Mnangagwa officiated at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and Eagle Canyon International Group Holding Limited and Pacific Goal Investment to pave way for the establishment of the country’s first ever center for beneficiation and value addition of minerals.

The coming on board of new mines like the multi-billion Sabi Star Lithium Mine in Buhera is among the Second Republic’s success stories in rebuilding the economy.

The issue of gender equality and empowerment of youths also remains topical on many forums.

As he addressed the world leaders, President Mnangagwa highlighted the strides that have been taken in achieving gender equality, noting that there is still room to do more.

“My country notes that more work needs to be done globally to close the gender gaps that are often aggravated in times of crises. Opportunities are being created for all Zimbabweans, especially for women and youth to realise their individual and collective potential. Milestones have thus been achieved in the implementation in of SDG5 on gender equality leading to expanded empowerment and employment opportunities for both women and the youth,” said the President.

President Mnangagwa also reaffirmed Zimbabwe’s commitment to peaceful political contestations.

“Zimbabwe is modernising, industrialising based on our local resources and human capital base. Inspired by the historic monument, Great Zimbabwe, from which our country’s name is derived. We are building our country brick by brick, stone upon stone, with the support of our friends and partners. As my government continues to entrench democracy, good governance and the rule of law, we are committed to vibrant, competitive and peaceful political contestations,” he added.

He further reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the principles of the United Nations Charter and Multilateralism in the resolution of complex challenges facing the world.