Switzerland, one of the few European countries still with investments in Zimbabwe has endorsed the country as an investment destination of choice for investors from across the globe, pledging its support for the country.
This seal of approval is a sign of confidence that the Swiss government has in the economic environment in Zimbabwe and should come as a confidence booster for the country and a sign that the country is indeed, moving in the right direction.
The European country has further assured Zimbabwe that it will do everything in its favour to help change the perception on Zimbabwe by other Western countries, which have over the years, closed their doors on the Southern African country.
With this kind of support, Zimbabwe can only pay back by doing the right thing and ensure it doesn’t disappoint and create an opportunity for its distractors to prove those that have chosen to move with us in our rebuilding journey wrong.
This now calls for sound policies that are complimented with action on the ground and the positive contribution of every Zimbabwean regardless of one’s political, religious or cultural beliefs.
Zimbabwe is a country that is richly endowed with vast mineral resources, including those that are set to form the future of global industrialization.
With its vast mineral resources crucial in the world of clean energy, Zimbabwe is poised to become an economic giant, not only in the region, but globally, but this can only be done if we create a conducive investment environment uphold standards necessary for growth.
This can only be possible if the country takes heed of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s zero tolerance to corruption, while those in government take the lead and be exemplary.
The scourge of corruption has cost the country billions of dollars and should not be allowed to continue if the country is to achieve its target of becoming an Upper Middle Class Economy by 2030.
Cases of government officials demanding kick-backs from investors to approve projects should be met with ruthlessness as the country cannot afford to lose investments that can turn around the economy because of a few greedy individuals.
No serious investor would want to associate with a bunch of corrupt government officials whose actions only contribute to huge costs of doing business in the country as they create unnecessary bottlenecks for investors.
Zimbabwe has huge potential to prosper but this potential will go to waste if we, as Zimbabweans, do not change our ways.
The thumbs up by Switzerland should spur each one of us to want to do right for the good of our country and for the betterment of the future of our children.
The future of this country is in our hands, and it is up to us to build it or destroy it through greed, corruption, speculative behavior and many other ills that scare away good investment.
Switzerland can only do so much to help change perceptions about Zimbabwe, but we as the custodians of the country, should do much more. It is possible.