ZimAsset is anchored on effective implementation of PPPs

The Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset) October 2013-December 2018 was crafted to achieve sustainable development and social equity anchored on indigenisation, empowerment and employment creation.


This results-based agenda was built around four strategic clusters of food security and nutrition, social services and poverty eradication, infrastructure and utilities, and value addition and beneficiation.

The government identified quick-wins — projects that would be implemented immediately to yield rapid results in the shortest possible time frames in view of the deadline of December 2018.

ZimAsset recognised that accelerated funding of public projects shall be achieved through the hastening of public-private partnerships (PPPs), where the Office of the President and Cabinet was mandated to monitor and evaluate the plan and its implementation.

Agriculture was identified as the backbone underpinning Zimbabwe’s economic growth through food security and poverty reduction.

The value chain in agriculture was underpinned on mechanisation and effective acquisition of inputs, and effective public procurement was the solution to the equation.

Housing delivery had an estimated backlog of 1,25 million units, which would need sizeable investment in water and sanitation to reduce the sporadic outbreaks of epidemics such as typhoid, dysentery and cholera.

Shortage of capital was viewed as the major hindrance in the development of utilities and infrastructure.

Roads, aviation and railway networks across the country have not seen major improvements and modernisation, due to lack of long term investment opportunities.

The energy sector was now inefficient due to largely dilapidated and obsolete equipment and infrastructure coupled with inadequate financing and other structural bottlenecks.

The transport sector continues to face challenges owing to resource constraints, obsolete equipment, corruption, mismanagement, vandalism and absence of a robust corporate governance policy as illustrated in the ZimAsset blueprint.

One of the major issues identified as the lead impediment in public service delivery was the lack of effective systems for revenue collection.

Citizens generally fail to comply on issues such as rates and licence payments due to inaccessibility and the difficulty that government systems are generally characterised with.

Failure to comply to statutory obligations by the general citizenry inevitably reduces government revenue collection.

One of the key success factors of ZimAsset was the availability of collaborative partnerships among government agencies, the private sector, citizens and other stakeholders to harness revenue collection.

ZimAsset called for an increased investment in infrastructure such as energy and power development, roads, rail, aviation, telecommunications, water and sanitation.

PPPs were identified as the means of accelerating the implementation of such projects including other private sector driven initiatives.

Government agencies were put in clusters that were co-ordinated by the Office of the President and Cabinet to achieve results-based management.

One of the funding strategies for ZimAsset was the engagement of PPPs and a number of them in the transport, local authorities, home affairs and agriculture ministries are in different stages of implementation.

The aim is at enhancing the ease of doing business initiative for government. The expected outcome in transport and infrastructural development and management from such PPPs is improved road, rail and air networks.

Road safety and security management seeks to achieve improved safety and security on road networks as well as improved coordination of road agencies and law enforcement resulting in increased revenue inflows through PPPs also under the transport ministry.

Implementation of e-government PPPs is the quick-win within the infrastructure and utilities cluster across all government agencies from various ministries and departments.

It is important that government embraces all its projects for maximum benefit to the ordinary citizen.

Given the tight deadline of ZimAsset, periodic reviews are necessary in order not to lose the pulse on the projects otherwise the government will lose traction of the implementation of its blueprint.

PPPs are the only means of busting economic sanctions that the government should commit to by creating an enabling environment. The more successful one PPP project is, the more PPP offers we receive.

Nyasha Chizu is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply writing in his personal capacity. Feedback: nya.chizu@gmail.com Skype: nyasha.chizu

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  1. Zimbabwe is not looking to do PPP. They are looking for money under the table for these deals. I myself have had enough of Zimbabwe. I have lost over $2 million in Zimbabwe and dealing with the government and Central bank is like dealing with and octopus. I am on my way back home. And when I get their I will speak to members of congress to let them know Sanctions need to be put on Zimbabwe at is fullest strength. Number one the Central Bank needs to be under Sanction. Basically printing an defacto currency Bond notes and trading against the value of U.S. dollars. Which is illegal. I will impress that all U.S. dollars that now being traded with Zimbabwe in terms of imports and exports be band. If Zimbabwe wants to use investors monies that are brought there for investment purposes but only to be locked in and taken in return for monopoly money Bonds notes then U.S. currency should be band on any trade. Zimbabwe leadership and Central Bank have create a Racketeering Game of stealing U.S. dollars. I will also encourage any potential investors to stay away from investing in Zimbabwe as you will lose your money and become trapped in their RTG criminal banking market. I am not a fan of Donald Trump the new President of the U.S.. But I will impress and encourage Congress to Sanction Zimbabwe to the Fullest extent internationally until this evil government is gone. Nobody will every realize the potential of Zimbabwe as long as Mugabe is in power. He and his gang of thieving dogs have brought Zimbabwe down to nothing. Not the West as the mantra has been preached. But the internal corruptions of his Ministers and other that are allowed to rape the country unmolested. Every Ministry from Mines, ICT, Agriculture, are nothing more than personal playgrounds for the Ministers to cut personal deals with investors to approve their projects. It is a pool of snakes. So Zimbabwe if you think you have problems now. Just wait to see what happens now.

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