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Sanctions will not deter Zim’s development trajectory : ED

 

STAFF WRITER

 

Zimbabwe must strive for prosperity despite the difficulties the nation is currently  facing as a result of the ongoing unlawful sanctions imposed by the United States,President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

Speaking to businesspeople at the Second Edition of the ED Mnangagwa Business Summit held in the capital Harare on Friday, the President stated that despite sanctions for the previous 23 years, Zimbabwe has proven to be robust  saying sanctions will not deter Zim’s development trajectory.

“Despite the challenges that we are facing, due to the continued illegal and heinous sanctions from the United States of America, we must push the frontiers of our country’s success and prosperity. This task and burden rests upon us as Zimbabweans.

“We have been resilient for the last 23 years under sanctions, and no amount of propaganda, under whatever guise, will fool us. All forms of illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe must be immediately and unconditionally removed. These sanctions are illegal, unjustified, and cruel to all the people of Zimbabwe.

“Achieving sustainable economic growth and transformation is indeed a journey that requires vision, determination and collective action from both the private and public sectors. To this end, the Second Republic will continue to make interventions towards bolstering the foundations we have set for business to thrive while ensuring that economic growth is inclusive and transformative,” he said.

According to President Mnangagwa, it is unbelievable that sanctions are in place when Zimbabwe hasn’t insulted anyone.
He claimed that if not for the unjustified embargo, Zimbabwe would be growing far more quickly and on a much larger scale.

 

“Our country has not offended any nation, ‘Zimbabwe is a friend to all and an enemy of none’. Our people, including the business sector, and our economy deserve to be given a chance to grow and develop, just like any other within the comity of nations,” President Mnangagwa said.

He asserted that Zimbabwe will persevere through hardship and that its people would continue to be hardworking,.

 

“We have come this far under sanctions, we have realised unprecedented success milestones and registered indisputable GDP growth; we shall keep marching forward. We are a resilient people and the descendants of the Great Munhumutapa. Against all odds, we are realising prosperity and a higher quality of life for our people.

“At the heart of our country’s economic transformation agenda is the principle of leaving no one and no place behind. Hence, every Zimbabwean, regardless of background or circumstance, should participate in and benefit from the country’s economic progress.

“This is an essential building block for a resilient and dynamic economy that can withstand shocks and thrive in an ever-changing global landscape,” he said.

 


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