African Development Bank has launched the 2019 Zimbabwe Infrastructure Flagship Report which targets to provide guidance to Government, the Private Sector and stakeholders on the strategic infrastructure investments needed to undertake in order to move the country forward.
The report was part of the technical work undertaken by the African Development Bank (AfDP), United Nations (UN) and the World Bank Group. They drafted some of the key points required to support inclusive economic growth, poverty reduction and social cohesion for the period 2019-23.
Ministry of Economic Development (principal director for fiscal policy) Mr Pfungwa Kunaka said “The inadequacy of infrastructure services in the country is self-evident, and remains a major cost to citizens and businesses alike.”
He added that the problems being faced by many people and businesses currently is frequent power outages, lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, congested and unreliable transport systems as well as high cost of communication services.
“Our success in addressing these challenges lies in us being smarter in the infrastructure investment decisions we make, including embracing innovative ideas, activities and practices that provide better outcomes for our people and the economy.”
The report will also assist Government in developing the necessary institutional framework for better delivery and management of infrastructure assets including provision of information to all stakeholders said Kunaka.
Lead Economist, Regional Department South Kararach Auma George said, “The report also comes after the effects of Cyclone Idai which resulted in the loss of lives, injuries, displacements and damage to infrastructure and property which is a reminder to all of us how natural hazards affect the functioning of infrastructure systems.”