Analysts are experting the ongoing infrastructural development across the country to drive trade relations between Zimbabwe and the rest of the world.
This comes after President ED Mnangagwa on Wednesday commissioned the completed phase of the Marongora-Hellsgate section of the Makuti-Chirundu road which is part of projects set to improve the North-South corridor.
Renowned researcher and economist, Mr Alex Munyonga said it was a positive initiative that most of the Asian countries like Japan and China were seizing investment opportunities in Zimbabwe but he warned western countries that they should use this opportunity to invest in Zimbabwe before the engagement re engagement period ends.
“It is interesting to note that, whereas some Western countries are shunning serious engagement and re-engagement with Zimbabwe, some countries like Japan and China are seizing every opportunity in laying economic foundations and investments in Zimbabwe. Those nations that are bragging and shunning calls for symmetrical relations are losing out. The time they will peep into investment opportunities in Zimbabwe, strategic positions would be already occupied,” He said.
He also hailed government initiatives of price control insisting that everybody needs to support the second republic to ensure a positive economic recovery path.
“If the seriousness of the Second Republic in infrastructural development, engagement efforts, and stabilization of prices is anything to go by then Zimbabwe’s economic recovery path is very illuminating.
“Very soon, economic skeptics will be silenced. However, it needs to be reiterated that it is everyone’s responsibility to support noble national programmes. What is, is , what is not is not. It is impossible for what is not to be or what is not to be. Let praise be given to the infrastructural initiatives by the Second Republic. Let’s hail what is good and shun economic sabotage,” said Mr Munyonga.
Nevertheless another economic analyst, Mr Persistent Gwanyanya said the progress in infrastructure development across the country will transform the country.
“We are very happy with the progress and in that it also happens at a time when the issue about the Africa Continental Free Trade Area is taking center stage in the trade space. So that linkage, the highway is going to boost trade between Zimbabwe and the rest of the region and world over,” he said.
He applauded government drive to employ indigenous employees on the infrastructural development drive insisting that it was a positive objective to empower local people.
“What is also important to obverse is the model that is being used in the construction of roads and infrastructure where local contractors are being used. It is quite commendable that we have devoted efforts to finalising the construction of that highway.
“The use of local contractors is important in that they are mostly paid in Zimbabwean dollars and they are employing our local people,” said Mr Gwanyanya.
More so Mr Stanley Mharadzano who is also an analyst added that the environment in Zimbabwe was pleasing because it was going to boost investors confidence to invest in Zimbabwe.
“The fruits of this astute policy are ubiquitous. Any would-be serious investor in Africa has no option but to consider Zimbabwe as a viable destination given the prevailing stability, peace and tranquility which is the envy of even the country’s detractors,” he said.
Furthermore, Mr Farai Ngondo who is also an economic analyst, commended the infrastructure development saying road rehabilitation programmes will ensure an efficient trade environment.
“Zimbabwe has always strived to tap into the economic lines enjoyed by countries that boarder the oceans.
“She, however, links Cape and Cairo which are critical trunk roads as far as African economies are concerned, therefore, the road network remains a critical component. This will do away with our position of being a land-locked country. Besides, this strategy will auger well with the aims and objectives of COMESA. Thus creating a free trade area,” he said.
Coupled with ongoing projects along the Beitbridge-Harare Highway, Government has set its sights on upgrading the Kazungula-Victoria Falls Highway. Apart from that, the Second Republic is also carrying out infrastructural development projects across the country to ensure that no one is left behind.
In Addition President Mnangagwa is on record saying that the country is on course to meet its Vision 2030 to become an upper-middle-class economy, putting economic growth this year at a plus 7 percent with infrastructure key to achieve those goals.
However, the potholed roads in Harare, are an increasing hazard for drivers. They are especially dangerous following recent heavy rains that were experienced this year.
Some residents have taken advantage of the poor state of the roads to fix potholes themselves, stepping in where the state authorities are not acting and collecting money from grateful drivers.
The government’s drive to rehabilitate major highways is a positive development but there is also need for government to also rehabilitate Harare Central Business which was seriously damaged by heavy rains that were experienced this season for Zimbabwe to attain the vision 2030 agenda.