Masvingo— The mooted devolution of power has led Masvingo province to set its sights on all investment opportunities which the minister of State for Provincial Affairs Ezra Chadzamira said will contribute $5 billion to the economy by 2030 as the country moves towards a middle income economy.
Chadzamira said the province will heavily rely on its minerals, tourism and agriculture to boost the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Masvingo has coal, lithium, gold and diamonds which all fall on the list of critical and strategic minerals.
“We are moving forward towards the Zimbabwe of our dreams. We are moving away from poverty to prosperity.
“As Masvingo, we have the potential to achieve a $5 billion economy by 2030 because we have all that is needed to get there. We have vast mineral reserves, tourist destinations, human resources and agriculture.
“The Mkwasine coalfields in the Lowveld, Lithium in Bikita and the Renco gold fields to mention just a few, will carry the provincial GDP forward,” said Chadzamira.
He said Masvingo has the potential to be the bread basket of the country owing to its vast water reserves capable of all year round crop production.
“Masvingo has a lot of agriculture and tourism potential. We have good water reserves the likes of Tugwi-Mukosi dam, Lake Kyle and Manyuchi dam which are all capable of irrigating a variety of crops all year round.
“We have water reserves in almost all of the seven districts and we will also take advantage of tourist destinations like Great Zimbabwe Monuments, Gonarezhou National Park and the Save Valley Conservancy,” said Chadzamira.
Chadzamira’s vision has been shared by Zanu PF heavyweights the likes of minister of mines Winston Chitando, tertiary education minister Professor Amon Murwira, deputy minister of labour Lovemore Matuke and youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi who all come from Masvingo.
“Masvingo’s growth can only come from knowledge and skill. Great Zimbabwe University, Reformed Church University, Masvingo Polytechnic and other tertiary institutions must be able to deliver innovative education,” said Professor Murwira.