The Sunday Mail
MIDLANDS province has set its sights on attaining Vision 2030 targets two years ahead of schedule, in line with President Mnangagwa’s call to accelerate implementation of developmental programmes and projects geared towards transforming the country into an upper middle-income economy.
The province recently conducted a strategic planning workshop, where the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Owen Ncube, said the President had directed that Government works towards attaining Vision 2030 by 2028.
“I urge you all to commit yourselves fully to this critical task, which comes against the backdrop of the 2023 harmonised elections won resoundingly by the ruling party, ZANU PF,” said Minister Ncube.
“The electorate overwhelmingly spoke and endorsed the development-oriented and pro-people ZANU PF manifesto to guide Government programming.
“Subsequently, the new administration’s second-term mandate now focuses on sustaining and scaling up the success realised by the Second Republic during its first term, as we seek to attain an upper middle-income society status earlier than 2030.
“The thrust, therefore, is to leapfrog socio-economic development.”
He said some of the strategies Government will employ towards expeditiously realising Vision 2030 would include engendering servant leadership, and accelerating socio-economic development through industrialisation and modernisation, as well as leveraging on provincial comparative and competitive advantages underpinned by the devolution and decentralisation agenda.
Other strategies, he said, include improving the livelihoods of communities by providing quality, affordable and accessible services that leave no one and no place behind.
“As we do so, l also urge you to take heed of His Excellency the President’s call for Government to adopt international best practices,” he continued.
“Indeed, our achievements are as a result of a favourable working relationship between and among our internal and external stakeholders.
“Education 5.0 has signalled a new era of institutions of higher learning becoming leading players in the socio-economic transformation of the country, as evidenced by productive industrial hubs and registered patents.”
Minister Ncube further called on Provincial Development Committee cluster chairpersons to understand that their deliverables will have an impact on the success of the province’s strategic plan.
“This calls for unity of purpose amongst all ministries, departments and agencies.
“Your success is our success and your failure equally becomes our failure.
“Thus, our plans and efforts must be complementary and integrated, as we all serve one client — our beautiful country, Zimbabwe.
“Traditional leaders are the cornerstone of our development plans, and our communities are hinged on unique attributes that are best understood by their leaders.”