ZIMBABWE – President Robert Mugabe’s office is said to have adopted a hand-on approach in trying to shape the country’s economic policies in an attempt to rescue Zimbabwe from the worsening economic crisis.
A job once reserved for relevant ministries is now directly under Mr. Mugabe’s office which has taken an active role in the country’s economic matters.
For example the President’s Office is a key participant in the National Economic Consultative Forum bringing together business and government to launch Zimbabwe’s first national economic competitiveness assessment report.
The report will be launched at the Harare International Conference Centre Thursday.
Lead consultant of the project, Dr. Gift Mugano says Zimbabwe is joining Senegal and Egypt, becoming the third African nation, to launch its own national economic competitive report.
“The national economic report is the benchmark of Zimbabwe’s competitiveness in comparison with regional countries and others,” said Mugano.
“Zimbabwe is joining about 170 countries in the world which have developed their own national assessment on how they are competing.”
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has improved slightly on the 2016 World Bank doing business report, climbing up by 16 rungs, from number 189 to 155.
The report tracks the regulatory and bureaucratic systems of nations by conducting detailed annual surveys.