PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says the National Development Strategy one (NDS1)which succeeds the Transitional stabilisation programme will be rolled out under better economic conditions and is expected to catapult economic growth.
The President was speaking during the virtual launch of the NDS1 at State House in Harare this Monday.
He said government has made major strides in the implementation of TSP programmes across a broad spectrum.
“Throughout the TSP cycle, the economy realised the envisaged stabilisation goals. Significant and encouraging achievements were registered across the various pillars of Vision 2030,”he said.
The NDS1 will be guided by 14 interconnected national priority areas among them housing delivery, digital economy, social protection and governance.
The strategy which outlines policies, legal and institutional reforms, programmes and projects for identified national priorities that will be implemented over the strategy’s five-year lifespan, was approved on Tuesday last week by cabinet.
The policy will help achieve accelerated, high, inclusive, broad-based and sustainable economic growth and development, and will also focus on devolution.
“The attainment of Vision 2030 is partly premised on the Devolution and Decentralisation Agenda, which empowers provinces, districts and communities to implement development strategies which are informed by their respective resource endowments and competitive advantages,” noted the President.
The new economic blue print comes at a time the country’s economy has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in trade disruptions and resulted in a decline of tourist arrivals.
President Mnangagwa also reminded Zimbabweans that the implementation of the strategy is not the government’s sole responsibility but will require commitment and dedication of all Zimbabweans across the socio-economic and political spectrum.
The National Development Strategy one which runs from 2021 to 2025 comes after the two-year Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) stabilised the economy.