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The Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front has been peddling the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset)- its economic blue print for 2013-2018- as the answer to the country's economic woes. What is it?
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It is time that Zimbabweans started debating issues instead of suffering in silence and whining all the time. While most people have given up because they think our leaders do not listen- they do. I know because they have been watching The Insider for the past 23 years.
Chapter One- Introduction
1.1 The Government of Zimbabwe, in pursuit of the policy of empowering its people, embarked on the Land Reform Programme which resulted in Britain and its allies imposing illegal economic sanctions on the country after year 2000. The resultant sanctions brought about poor economic performance and untold suffering to the populace.
1.2 As the country moves forward, post the 31st July 2013 Harmonised Election, there is urgent need to put in place an economic blue-print that is guided by the ZANU PF Manifesto and the Presidential Vision as encapsulated in His Excellency the President's Inauguration Speech delivered on 22 August 2013. The blue-print will be focused on a People Centred Government that prides itself in promoting equitable development and prosperity for all Zimbabweans, whilst leveraging own resources. Additionally, the Plan must ensure that there is sustainable growth and development of the economy by, among other things, engendering unity of purpose among the different stakeholders.
1.3 Going forward therefore, institutional structures and systems will be strengthened through the establishment of a Results Based Government that seeks to optimise utilisation of scarce resources allocated in order to reinforce the achievement of the indigenization, empowerment and employment creation agenda.
1.4 This will be achieved through re-orienting Government Ministries to formulate policies and programmes guided by the Results Based Management (RBM) system, which focuses on clear organisational visions, missions, values, key result areas, goals and objectives, which are translated into a results framework of outcomes, outputs, strategies and resources. In addition, Government will ensure that the budgetary process is aligned to the programming requirements of the Plan.
1.5 To ensure that Government is totally committed towards building a robust and sustainable results oriented socioeconomic growth and performance management culture, performance contracts will be introduced at all senior management levels in the public sector.
1.6 Additionally, a National Corporate Governance Framework will be launched and implemented resulting in the re-invention of Government and private sector business to be more citizen friendly.
1.7 A wider consultative process within Government and the private sector and a review of previous national development programmes, greatly informed the formulation of this blueprint, aptly named the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset): October 2013 -December 2018 whose implementation will be cluster based.
1.8 Through Zim Asset, Government will immediately implement initiatives that can yield rapid results (Quick-Wins). Given the aforesaid, all clusters have indicated in their matrices the Quick-Wins to be implemented from October 2013 up to December 2015.