The business community in Masvingo as well as heads from various government departments and civic society organisations held a meeting to review the province’s performance on the economic front based on the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIM ASSET) blue print.

The ZIM ASSET is centred on 4 pillars of the economy and it has become the basis for developmental programmes that are being rolled out in the country.

The pillars include value addition and beneficiation, food security and nutrition as well as infrastructure and utilities.

The implementation of ZIM ASSET is at different stages country wide.

Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Dr Paul Chimedza who was speaking on the sidelines of the review meeting said the province has achieved quite a lot in the infrastructure pillar with particular reference to the completion of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam which is expected to turnaround the fortunes of the province once irrigation starts.

Dr Chimedza said the meeting was also a platform to interrogate areas that are lagging behind as phase 1 of the implementation is coming to an end.

“Implementation of ZIM ASSET is at different stages. In Masvingo we are privileged that some of our projects have done well. There is the Tokwe-Mukosi dam which falls under infrastructure. Now we are sitting down to review those areas where we have done well and areas that need to be addressed,” he said.

Phase one of ZIM ASSET will be rounded up in 2018 paving way for phase two which is expected to further push economic growth.