Masvingo eyes $5 billion middle income economy by 2030

By Upenyu Chaota

MASVINGO— Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira has said the province has enough resources to realise a $5 billion dollar economy in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s 2030 vision.

President Mnangagwa’s 2030 vision presupposes that the country will achieve an upper middle income economy.

Chadzamira has called on the government to expedite the devolution process so that the province can start working towards its own 2030 vision.

Chadzamira said the province will heavily rely on its minerals, tourism and agriculture to boost the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Masvingo has coal, lithium, gold and diamonds which all fall on the list of critical and strategic minerals.

“We are moving forward towards the Zimbabwe of our dreams. We are moving away from poverty to prosperity.

“As Masvingo, we have the potential to achieve a $5 billion economy by 2030 because we have all that is needed to get there. We have vast mineral reserves, tourist destinations, human resources and agriculture.

“The Mkwasine coalfields in the Lowveld, Lithium in Bikita and the Renco gold fields to mention just a few, will carry the provincial GDP forward,” said Chadzamira.

He said Masvingo has the potential to be the bread basket of the country owing to its vast water reserves capable of all year round crop production.

“Masvingo has a lot of agriculture and tourism potential. We have good water reserves the likes of Tugwi-Mukosi dam, Lake Kyle and Manyuchi dam which are all capable of irrigating a variety of crops all year round.

“We have water reserves in almost all of the seven districts and we will also take advantage of tourist destinations like Great Zimbabwe Monuments, Gonarezhou National Park and the Save Valley Conservancy,” said Chadzamira.

Tertiary education minister Amon Murwira, who also comes from the province, said Masvingo is blessed with many tertiary institutions and they have to up their game in producing students compatible with the quickly changing world.

“Masvingo’s growth can only come from knowledge and skill. Great Zimbabwe University, Reformed Church University, Masvingo Polytechnic and other tertiary institutions must be able to deliver innovative education.

“We need students who are able to identify and proffer solutions that will take the province forward. We want our tertiary institutions to go beyond theory and focus more on practicals,” said Professor Murwira.

Murwira said the youth should take a leading role in making sure that Masvingo achieves its targeted goal.

“We need all hands on deck and the active youths should not be seen following from behind. The youth should be leading in developmental initiatives.

“We do not want people who fold their hands and throw negatives at those who are willing to work towards the development of the province,” said Professor Murwira.

Some of the youths who spoke to RadioVOP said the whole idea is noble but politicians often times fail to walk the talk.

“We stand ready to use our expertise for the betterment of our province but nothing materialises at the end of the day. We want people who walk the talk and rope us in because there are plenty of youths with ideas,” said one Cainos Sengayi.