‘Zimbabweans have ability to uplift economy’

Thandeka Moyo, Chronicle Reporter

November 7, 2016

Zimbabweans have the ability to work out solutions that will bring about economic development in their country despite the ongoing challenges. Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) Chief Executive Officer Mr Max Boqwana has said.

Officiating at the Law Society Summer School in Nyanga last week, he said Zimbabwe urgently needed to start exporting to regain its economic stamina.

“I was very impressed by deliberations I had on Zimbabwe’s constitution and its impact on ordinary people so far. I am convinced that if Zimbabweans could come up with such a powerful constitution, they can also unite and address the current economic problems,” said Mr Boqwana.

“This country is full of creative and educated people with vast entrepreneurial skills, thus there is no need to look to the West or anywhere else. Members of the public must take advantage of such programmes as the bilateral agreements that President Jacob Zuma has signed with President Robert Mugabe and explore opportunities to revive the economy.”

He said the TMF was all about instilling a sense of confidence in Africans so they can realise the potential they have in creating a poverty and corruption-free continent.

“Zimbabweans only need credible leaders who can be trusted and soon the country will recover from the current challenges. The issue of bond notes should not leave everyone in extreme anxiety, as long they have extreme confidence in their leaders.!

Mr Boqwana added that amid all the challenges facing Zimbabweans and other African countries, Africans must not give up on working towards the development of their continent.

“Our founder, former South Africans President Thabo Mbeki, had Africa in mind when he set up the Foundation. As long as we are alive we must pursue our dream of  a prosperous Africa with no poverty, inequality and all that hinders development.”

The Foundation was established in 2008 as a non-profit organisation by its patron, Cde Mbeki, when he resigned as President of the Republic of South Africa.

The central mission of the Foundation is to enable and promote the achievement of Africa’s renaissance.

Africa’s renaissance is a concept that African people and nations shall overcome the challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific and economic renewal.

Mr Boqwana said the TMF’s vision was the rebirth of Africa and success in eradicating poverty, underdevelopment, reaffirm the dignity of Africans, build relations of friendship and peace cooperation among the people of Africa.

*This article first appeared in Chronicle: http://www.chronicle.co.zw/zimbabweans-have-ability-to-uplift-economy/


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