President Mnangagwa talks on intergrating minorities in mainstream economics

President Mnangagwa talks on intergrating minorities in mainstream economics

By ZBC Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has informed the world on how best to integrate minorities in the mainstream economy in their respective countries.

He was addressing delegates at the Commemoration of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Adoption of the
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities in New York, USA.

He said in addition to heritage-based rural industrialisation, “Zimbabwe’s policy of Devolution and Decentralisation has promoted representative, accountable, participatory and inclusive governance and socio-economic development.

“Through increased budgetary support, directly to the local authorities, communities right at the village, ward and district levels are now making independent decisions and prioritising their programmes and projects informed by the most pressing needs.”

President Mnangagwa said this has seen an unpreceded construction of schools, clinics and water and sanitation infrastructure and other social amenities, in the most
remote areas of the country.

“We are convinced that democratic systems should give due importance to the full enjoyment of the rights of minorities within our countries, as protected by both domestic and international law.

“This commemorative event is therefore a timely and powerful reminder of our individual and collective obligation to deliver on the commitments contained in the Declaration on the Rights of Minorities,” said the President.

The President also spoke on the country’s position with regards to the rights of minorities.

“In the case of Zimbabwe, the rights of minorities are enshrined and protected in our new national Constitution, as adopted in 2013. With regards to languages, Section 6 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe now recognises 16 languages up from the previous three national languages,” he said.

“More attention is now given to the learning and teaching of minority languages, and their use as media of instruction and communication in society. As a demonstration of my government’s commitment to the promotion of indigenous minority languages, a National Language Centre has been established.

“This has seen, among other initiatives, the translation of national publications such as the national Constitution, our national vision and documents that relate to the socio-economic
development of our country,” he said.

Zimbabwe has also established a deliberate policy of building factories or institutions to benefit disadvantaged groups.