Zimbabwe’s economy has suffered for a very long time, there is no doubt, but the country’s future is certainly very bright judging by recent events.
Endowed with a human capital base that is the envy of many, the country is poised to achieve its goal of achieving an upper-middle income economy by 2030, against all odds.
Besides being endowed with vast mineral resources that can turn around the country’s fortunes, the country also boasts of some of the best innovative minds on the globe, and recent events are testimony to this.
Just last week, a local company Zonful Energy, proved that Zimbabwean innovators have what it takes to develop not just the Southern African country, but the whole world by providing solutions to a number of challenges, including climate change.
The brain child of Chivi born engineer, William Ponella, Zonful energy scooped the first prize for the best innovation on affordable clean energy in the world.
The company won the Ashden Award in the United Kingdom, which is the most prestigious award in the energy sector, coming tops in the category of Energy Skill Access, where people would provide both the product as well as the training aspect in the provision of affordable green energy which helps mitigate against the effects of climate change.
That on its own, is a clear indication that with the right attitude and unity of purpose, the country is poised for a place in the world’s top innovators and become one of the most vibrant economy in the region and beyond.
That Zimbabwe’s strategy is now being replicated in lands afar such as India shows that the country is in the direction in terms of technological development and can stand among the world giants in technological advancement.
As if that is not enough, the country also made history this month by becoming one of the few African countries to ever launch a satellite into space when the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA), launched ZIMSAT-1 into space.
By this milestone achievement, Zimbabwe made its intentions known in terms of its vision to become one of the players in Geospatial, Aeronautical and Space Science.
That coming at a time the country’s economy is not as stable as it should be, it is testimony to the potential that the country has and speaks volumes about the country’s global role in technological advancement.
And that the government has committed to support education, innovation, science and technology in the modernisation and industrialisation of the country shows just how serious the country is.
The Second Republic under President Emmerson Mnangagwa set the ball rolling by crafting a deliberate policy on science and innovation under the Education 5.0 doctrine and committing to allocate one percent of National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) towards Research and Development, something which should inspire confidence in our talented researchers and innovators.
On the tourism front, Zimbabwe was also recognised last week with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Head of Corporate Affairs, Godfrey Koti, getting recognition from Africa Intelligence as one of the four next generation of movers and shakers in business and politics in the African continent.
These and many more achievements by Zimbabweans across the globe point to a very bright future for Zimbabwe.