Zimbabwe`s economy graduates from stabilization to growth

Grace Chekai

President Emmerson Mnangagwa commended the national economy saying that it has graduated from stabilization to growth and attributed the development to mantra,”Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo.”

Speaking on the commemorations of the 2022 Workers` Day celebrations, yesterday, President Mnangagwa said, “A prosperous society is possible if you workers continue to play your part. As a country, we commend you for your efforts that have led to the present growth trajectory in our capacity utilization, which is now at 66%. Through the hard-honest work of our workers, the Zimbabwean Economy has now graduated from stabilization to growth. In this regard, your dignity as workers, your values, wages and salaries must be commensurate with the resultant improving macro-economic fundamentals.”

President Mnangagwa said that hard work had brought a reality of the national development mantra,”Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo.”

“Through your hard honest work, you are bringing to reality our national development mantra, Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo/ ilizwe liyakwa ngabanikazi balo”. Going forward, I urge the social partners to expedite the establishment of the Zimbabwe National Productivity Institute which, among other objectives, will drive the productivity consciousness across all sectors,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa challenged employers to respect and honor the efforts being made by workers in modernizing and industrializing Zimbabwe and added that the workplace should be a place of harmony and fulfilment.

He said that the workplace must be prioritized to prepare workers for retirement.

“Occupational safety, health and wellness programs must be pursued with great vigor. It is also my expectation that workplace programs be prioritized to prepare workers for retirement.

“Meanwhile, it is encouraging that the leadership of the labor movement now values the utility of social dialogue as the most efficient vehicle for finding solutions to our challenges, including those being experienced by workers. To date, I have met the leaders of worker organizations and openly shared perspectives with them to move our country forward, guided by the national interest. As a listening President, my door remains open for more frequent engagements,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa regretted the increases of prices due to imported inflation adding that Government will continue to address the situation.

“It is regrettable that prices have of late been increasing due to imported inflation. My Government remains seized with redressing the situation through comprehensive strategies to ensure that there is no erosion of disposable incomes.

“The Second Republic is determined to retain the purchasing power of workers, through a viable public transport system. Government will not stand by and watch while the hard earned incomes of our workers are stolen by “mushika-shikas” and “makoronyera”. No!

“You, as our workers, deserve an efficient and affordable transport system so that production time as well as your family time is not lost in transport queues. During peak hours, workers must be transported with the greatest ease,” said President Mnangagwa.

President Mnangagwa highlighted that his Government will ensure that the improving macro-economic fundamentals translate to a dignified life for workers.

He urged workers to journey together with the Government so as to attain Vision 2030.

“Together, through hard-honest work, as a peaceful and united people, let us steadfastly continue on our journey towards attaining Vision 2030 and building the Zimbabwe we all want,” said the President.