- Zimbabwe is set to become an upper-middle-income economy by 2030 with ending poverty a key cog of the initiative through implementing some models of China’s development practices.
By Gibson Nyikadzino
As western countries continue disparaging China’s government because of its successes in all sectors, Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena has commended the Asian giant as Zimbabwe’s “eminently loyal and supportive” ally.
Speaking at a meeting hosted by China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) recently, Wadyajena, who chairs Zimbabwe’s portfolio committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Resettlement, said the support Zimbabwe received from China during the COVID-19 pandemic makes the latter “an irreplaceable all-weather friend.”
The NPC meeting on the positive role played by legislatures in poverty reduction and development was also attended by legislators from Namibia, South Africa and Liberia.
“This type of cooperation and concern for our national interest is the reason Zimbabwe continues to see China as its irreplaceable all-weather friend. In the agriculture sector, we have been able to continue economic activity almost as normal on account of how well we have contained the spread of COVID-19,” Wadyajena said.
Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa is projected to receive a total 2,8 million metric tonnes of maize against a national consumption of 1,7 million metric tonnes, the highest maize harvest since 1985 at the country aims to end poverty by 2030.
The bumper harvest has been necessitated by the government’s sustainable Pfumvudza agriculture scheme, the timely intervention under the Presidential Input Scheme and good rains received this season.
Wadyajena added: “As a nation that relies highly on farming, it was imperative that workers in this sector were immunised to prevent an all-out collapse of the industry and a consequent food insecurity and economic depression that would have followed.
“With this bumper harvest we are on our road to recovery and our agrarian land reform in now understood by the world as irreversible and here to stay forever.”
China has been on Zimbabwe and Africa’s side since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic early last year. The world’s second biggest economy through its Road and Belt Initiative early this year donated 400 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Zimbabwe.
“This donation was made when in parts of the world vaccines were hoarded without a thought for Africa and the developing world,” said the parliamentarian.
Zimbabwe is set to become an upper-middle-income economy by 2030 with ending poverty a key cog of the initiative through implementing some models of China’s development practices.
In February this year, China’s President Xi Jinping said it was a “miracle” how his country managed to eradicate extreme poverty over an eight-year period that saw nearly hundred million people lifted out of scourge. ■