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Viewpoint - Zimbabwe's future

Moses C Chiwandamira says the country's recovery depends on the help of international friends.

It will be relatively easy to revitalise Zimbabwe's infrastructure as quickly as possible with help of our friendly international partners.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has established cordial relationships with the international community, especially with EU member nations and the USA. These countries were large donors to Zimbabwe before relations broke down under the current government.

In addition to aid from our international partners, Zimbabwe's trade with South Africa and regional groupings like the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa will prove vital in reviving the economy and Zimbabwe's infrastructure.

The MDC has a number of strategies in place to implement should it assume power, in order to control, monitor and enhance the Zimbabwean economy.

Speedy delivery of improvements that will increase productivity in the farms is a key goal. Farming equipment will be replaced. The construction of roads, dams and accommodation will be accelerated. Fixed phone lines and electricity cables will be restored.

The manufacturing sector as the engine for economic growth will be aided by appropriate incentives to restore employment to pre-1999 levels. The MDC government will quickly restore the rule of law and stability, and this will attract a large number of tourists.

The construction of roads, lodges and airports upgrades to cater for the huge number of tourists visiting the country will also be a priority.

Supply of fresh water, refuse collection, construction and maintenance of roads will be decentralised to local authorities. The central government will construct and maintain the national roads. The private sector will be called in to participate.

A mass-transit scheme to provide a fast transport connection between Chitungwiza, Harare and Harare International Airport will be built.

The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company, a government owned transport firm, will be handed back to local authorities in order to have a reliable and cheap transport system.

Railway signalling will be modernised, with the railways open to private operators for the carrying of both passengers and goods. A Commission of Inquiry will be established to look into the operations of Air Zimbabwe.

The national government will make available housing to those in the low income bracket and the local authorities will build houses within their locality. The private sector will participate in construction of houses to ease the housing waiting list backlog.

Lastly, on communication and energy, the MDC government will form regulatory bodies. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Commission (ZERC) will oversee the management of resources.

- Moses C Chiwandamira is the Secretary for Economic Affairs for the UK and Ireland branch of Zimbabwean opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change

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