Non-constituency MDC-T senator Morgan Komichi last week told Parliament Zimbabweans should collectively market the country to facilitate economic recovery.
Komichi told Senate last Thursday Zimbabwe needed to be vigorously marketed to the international community to get much-need cash revenue.
The senator was contributing to debate on the Finance Bill centred on the Mid-Term Budget review recently presented by Finance minister Tendai Biti.
“As a country we must have our own marketing strategies and we know what is required to do that. The first item is the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in its entirety so that we are able to attract investment, increase productivity and have customers come and do business in an atmosphere of long lasting relationships,” said Komichi.
“We are failing to implement the GPA because even in an organisation, if the senior management are not committed to their strategic plans, nothing will be achieved and when we talk of strategies, we need to appreciate that the strategy that this country needs is for the entire ministerial force to implement what has been agreed upon.”
Komichi said the country was in dire need of cost-cutting measures, especially on foreign travel expenses.
“Let us encourage leadership to cut costs, which are currently higher than revenue and if the situation continues like that it means we are running at a loss. Travel outside the country does not warrant that anyone should take a delegation of 100 people. We need cost-cutting measures,” he said.
He said accountability was necessary, especially on diamond revenue, which has recently been a source of controversy after the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation credited the civil servants’ salaries account with diamond money, in contravention of the procedure of releasing the money through Treasury.
“Diamond money must be public knowledge to Zimbabweans because everyone is pinning hope on diamonds. We hope those responsible for the extraction and sale of diamonds will openly declare them and channel them through Treasury,” said Komichi.
Zanu PF senator for Chimanimani Monica Mutsvangwa said it was imperative for Zimbabwe to be allowed by the Kimberley Process to sell its diamonds because if that did not happen, it meant the money would continue to go through the wrong channels.