‘Zim­bab­weans have abil­ity to up­lift econ­omy’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

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 Mo­qwana has said.

Of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Law Society Sum­mer School in Nyanga last week, he said Zim­babwe ur­gently needed to start ex­port­ing to re­tain 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 Mo­qwana.

“This coun­try is full of cre­ative, 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 like the bi­lat­eral agree­ments that Pres­i­dent Zuma has with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­vive their own econ­omy.”

He said the TMF was all about in­still­ing a sense of con­fi­dence in Africans so they 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 Mo­qwana 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 African 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 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 Mo­qwana said the TMF vi­sion was the re­birth of Africa and suc­cess in erad­i­cat­ing poverty, un­der­de­vel­op­ment, reaf­firm the dig­nity of Africans, build re­la­tions of friend­ship and peace­ful co­op­er­a­tion among the peo­ples of Africa.

“We also stand for Africans in­clud­ing those in the di­as­pora to achieve progress on the im­por­tant chal­lenge of gen­der equal­ity and en­sure that Africa takes her right­ful place among the peo­ples of the world as an equal player in the universal ef­fort to de­ter­mine the fu­ture of our com­mon globe,” said Mr Mo­qwana. — @thamamoe

Thabo Mbeki Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Max Mo­qwana

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