Parliamentary SDGs check
HON. KHUPE: Thank you very much Mr. Speaker Sir. My
question is directed to the Leader of the House, Hon. Vice President
Mnangagwa. In September 2015, world leaders gathered in New York
and they came up with sustainable development goals which are a
successor framework of the Millennium Development Goals. They
made a declaration that they were going to transform the world and they
also vowed that they were going to eliminate poverty by the year 2030.
As Zimbabwe, what is it that we are doing or have done to make sure
that there are monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to determine the
impact and sustainability of the sustainable development goals if indeed
we are to eliminate poverty by the year 2030.
THE VICE PRESIDENT AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE,
LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS (HON.
MNANGAGWA): Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir, I also want to thank the
Hon. Member, the Vice President of MDC-T for the question. I want to
thank her for remembering what happened in 2015. I feel very elated
that she thinks that I should remember the decision which was taken at
that time. Mr. Speaker Sir, in terms of policy, I can assure the Hon.
Member and the House that everything is being done in the various subsectors
of the economy to improve the lives of our people. In particular,
coming to the situation of Zimbabwe, we believe that the primary
challenge we are facing in this country which I believe everybody who
is a citizen of this country would agree that we have a primary economy
which is on the bedrock of our agricultural sector.
Everything is being done by Government and the public sector to
support our agricultural sector so that we put behind the issue of
continuously importing food, whether there is good season in terms of
rain or there is drought. We have now put measures to make sure that
there is food sufficiency in the country. We wish to accomplish this
goal within the next four seasons. There are two seasons in a year, this
means in two years’ time, we shall have accomplished that area.
Then the other areas which are directed to dealing with the
question of alleviating or eradicating poverty among the people; we have
various sectors of the economy which deal with those issues. Obviously,
the economy is not performing well but everything is being done by
Government, private sector, public sector and parastatals to do our best
under these circumstances to make sure we improve the lives of our
In the area of infrastructural development, I am sure colleagues are
fully aware about the projects that are underway which are unfolding in
the infrastructural development sector. We are also fully aware about
what is happening in the area of tourism. We have just completed the
runway at Victoria Falls which now is going to be able to take on board
bigger planes to land. As a matter of fact, China alone has something
like 250 million tourists per year which is expected to grow to 600
million by 2020. If we structure our tourism with countries of that
nature and various other countries worldwide, we believe that now with
the runway which we have completed, we should be able to improve our
tourism sector. As a matter of fact, the indication and projection of that
sector shows growth.
Mr. Speaker Sir, we also go into the areas of manufacturing and
ICT. We are attending to all these areas in order to improve the lives of
our people. More-so, we will continue to make sure that the areas of
health and education receive full attention and we hope to receive
cooperation from all citizens of this country.
I am aware that this subject is at the heart of the former Deputy
Prime Minister because when he was Deputy Prime Minister, she used
to champion this sector very ably and I still recognise that you have not
forgotten this thing which you were championing at that time. I thank you “