by Elijah Chihota
President Emmerson Mnangagwa while addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA yesterday said Zimbabwe has a vision to achieve a middle income economy status by 2030 underpinned by international and regional agendas.
“Emboldened by the dreams, hopes and aspirations of our people, and in tandem with the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063, we have outlined our vision to become a middle income economy with a per capita income of about US$3 500,” said President Mnangagwa.
The President said Zimbabwe’s vision 2030 will be achieved through attraction of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), job creation and various empowerment programmes in a society which is free of corruption.
“This will bring on board increased investment, decent jobs, broad based empowerment and a society free from poverty and corruption by 2030,” noted the President.
Since taking office on 24 November 2017, President Mnangagwa has been focusing on reviving the economy and improving the standard of living of the citizenry ensuring there is employment creation and food security, while re-engaging with the international community.
Zimbabwe is an agriculturally rich nation with 41.88 percent of arable land which is one of the country’s economic drivers with tobacco being the largest foreign currency earner. In terms of natural resources, Zimbabwe has over 60 minerals such as gold, diamond, platinum, lithium, tantalite, tungsten, coal and natural gas, among others.