Lift sanc­tions, end hos­til­ity

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR: There are so many neg­a­tive things that Zim­babwe ex­pe­ri­enced eco­nom­i­cally af­ter we at­tained our in­de­pen­dence. These eco­nomic chal­lenges have been at­trib­uted to sanc­tions that were im­posed on us by the West.

Hos­tile re­la­tions be­tween our coun­try and the West em­anated from the coun­try’s push to re­dis­tribute land to the land­less ma­jor­ity.

Sanc­tions have cost the coun­try bil­lions of dol­lars and one way to ad­dress this, is to mend re­la­tions with the West. It is clear that we can­not op­er­ate and thrive on our own. Good re­la­tions with other na­tions es­pe­cially the de­vel­oped ones can help us de­velop.

Our in­dus­try is not very ef­fec­tive be­cause our tech­nol­ogy is ob­so­lete as most of the ma­chines we are still mak­ing use of were ac­quired ei­ther be­fore or af­ter in­de­pen­dence. We can­not go any­where un­til we up­grade our in­dus­tries. We need to up­grade our op­er­a­tions to in­crease pro­duc­tion and en­hance our com­pet­i­tive­ness. The po­ten­tial of do­ing that and be­ing very suc­cess­ful is very high be­cause we have abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources. Re­la­tions with the West are there­fore crit­i­cal. We have tried all strate­gies to res­cue our­selves but they have not been ef­fec­tive. Our sit­u­a­tion is ac­tu­ally wors­en­ing. Western coun­tries do not lose much by not be­ing in good books with us. There is never a time when they will come to us and beg to mend re­la­tions. We have to take the first step and ob­serve how every­thing will turn out for the bet­ter. Re­joice Sibanda

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