By Jasper Hloka
Officially launching the 6th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD), in Victoria Falls, President Emmerson Mnangagwa reviewed strides made by Zimbabwe towards implementing political, economic and legislative reforms.
President Mnangagwa told delegates from all over Africa that Zimbabwe is on course as far as the implementation of 17 SDGs is concerned. He remarked that Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030 directly addresses the aspirations highlighted by the SDGs and Agenda 2063.
“My Government has developed an elaborate coordination and implementation framework with a supervision mandate, housed in my office. I have also assigned Ministries responsible for Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare; Health and Child Care as well as Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement to coordinate the governance framework” said President Mnangagwa.
He added that Government gave further flexibility to governance structures as they implement the SDGs. President Mnangagwa said “our Devolution Policy is therefore being vigorously implemented to allow all provinces of the country to plan and implement their development strategies using the natural resource endowments in their localities, which will impact our attainment of SDGs.”
Speaking during the launch of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) Zimbabwe Chapter; President Mnangagwa indicated that he had deliberately appointed five men and five women as Ministers for Provincial Affairs so that they would equally compete to implement Devolution in their provinces.
Speaker after speaker showered accolades at President Mnangagwa for his devotion to reforms and equal opportunities. Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, speaking on the sidelines of the launch gave out that the time for speaking ill about Zimbabwe had come and gone. She added that negative publicity was overshadowing efforts and strides made by Government to improve the socio-economic environment in the country.