Mat North better prepared for economic growth
Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls reporter
THE number of national projects implemented by the Second Republic in North Matabeleland gives the province a comparative advantage in increasing its gross domestic product (GDP) and improving the livelihoods of the population.
The Second Republic under President Mnangagwa is implementing Lake Gwayi-Shangani, the Bubi-Lupane Dam and Irrigation, Hwange Units 7 and 8, the rehabilitation of the Bulawayo-Nkayi road and other roads, the irrigation program of Bulawayo Kraal, Nyamandlovu aquifer and Lupane Provincial Hospital, among others in Matabeleland North.
Some of the projects had not taken off under previous governments until 2018, when a new era was ushered in, giving citizens hope that development was now possible.
The province is blessed with vast natural resources, including minerals, wildlife and water, and also boasts of being home to the country’s tourist capital at Victoria Falls as well as conservation activities which are the cornerstone of l economy of the province.
The rebranded Matabeleland North Agricultural Show is one of the major platforms for the province to showcase its vast endowments and for local businesses to interact towards a common vision of development through decentralization, as advocated by the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
Official at the 59th annual exhibition, Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Richard Moyo said that as part of the devolution program, it is the responsibility of the provinces to ensure that the level of their population is raised in accordance with Vision 2030.
âThe theme invites the province to work hard and grow its GDP and provincial economy. The high number of national projects in the province such as Gwayi-Shangani Lake, Hwange Units 7 and 8 and others, and our natural endowments give our province a comparative advantage.
âAs a province, let’s take advantage of our resources and actively seek investors. I call on the captains of industry and business leaders to ensure the active participation of all members of the economically active segment of the population, in particular young people and women during and after the exhibition â, a declared Minister Moyo.
The projects have been a source of employment for hundreds of young people, ensuring them to stop using drugs and to consider traveling to neighboring countries in search of employment.
The show started Wednesday and ends tomorrow. Today and tomorrow are public and entertainment days.
This year’s theme is: “Emerging from a period of turbulence and supporting growth in and beyond Covid-19”.
Minister Moyo said the exhibition comes at a time when the country has had a successful agricultural season due to the good rains received this year.
He said the various irrigation programs implemented in the province and across the country are paving the way for Zimbabwe to once again become the breadbasket of southern Africa as it will no longer depend on rain-fed agriculture.
The minister implored all sectors to network and be able to find clients and share ideas that will help businesses grow.
âDue to the Covid-19 pandemic, none of us thought we would be gathered here again to move the province forward in various sectors such as agriculture, mining, retail, conservation and industry. But we are here and we are grateful to His Excellency President Mnangagwa for his visionary leadership who has seen his government implement various measures to ensure that Covid-19 is contained. The measures have enabled the country to avoid a total lockdown, thereby minimizing the negative impact of the pandemic, âthe minister said.
He said Zimbabwe was among 13 countries that have met the World Health Organization’s goal of fully immunizing more than 10 percent of its population by the end of September 2021, with more than 13 percent of the population already vaccinated.
Minister Moyo said this testifies to the fact that the new dispensation is about action and results, as he encouraged citizens who have not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as it is the only way to control pandemic and allow economic activities to progress.
Exhibitors ranged from government departments, agencies, security services, conservation organizations, government departments, small and medium enterprises, small farmers to mining companies and small fast food suppliers.
It was a busy day as exhibitors showcased their products and services, with more action expected today when children are allowed in.
Matabeleland North Agricultural Show President Praise Moyo said the high turnout despite Covid-19 was encouraging.
Chief Wange said the annual exhibition was a success due to the peaceful environment enhanced by the Second Republic. – @ncubeleon