PUTRAJAYA — Zimbabwe has benefited greatly from the smart partnership concept espoused at the Langkawi International Dialogue (Lid) series, said President Robert Mugabe.
He said this was cultivated especially during the tenure of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who mooted the Lid.
Mugabe said Zimbabwe had capitalised on the ideas and principles of the smart partnership in charting its programmes and policies by harnessing the principle of smart partnership.
The principle is harnessed through governance, community development, the private sector and information in charting policies and programmes to ensure maximum participation in development strides, he added.
He was speaking to Bernama on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang today to attend the three-day Lid in Putrajaya.
The Lid is part of the Smart Partnership Dialogue series, which promotes the principles and practice of the smart partnership, in enhancing cooperation between the government and other sectors in striving towards economic growth.
The smart partnership is an innovative concept based on a positive ethos of “prosper thy neighbour for “win-win” situations.
“The ideas must be backed by quite a number of things . . . you need capital, you need expertise and you need technology. And all these come in as input,” he said.
The 87-year-old leader is one of the regulars at the Lid forum which is being held for the first time outside the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi.
Leaders or representatives from 16 countries will attend the Lid hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Lid theme this year is “Enhancing Smart Partnership for Socio-Economic Transformation”.
It will focus on efforts to transform and advance the Smart Partnership Dialogue towards enhancing socio-economic development of the participating countries.