The visiting UNDP chief Mr Achim Steiner has given a thumbs up on the commitment being shown by the Zimbabwean government in its preparatory process for the forthcoming elections.

The UN official met with Finance and Economic Development Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa to get a better understanding of the economic situation in the country.

Cde Chinamasa advised Mr Steiner on the state of the economy and the key pillars driving it and also raised the challenges of the country being debt ridden and how the imposition of sanctions incapacitated the country’s capacity to honour its international financial obligations.

He gave the highlights of the economy in the country saying minerals are the major export at present and that the tourism sector is looking up.

Cde Chinamasa also explained the state of agriculture and how the cotton sector has been revived through command agriculture for the revival of the manufacturing sector.

Among the major challenges he highlighted the debt burden which is now about $12 billion saying the imposition of sanctions incapacitated the country’s capacity to honour its international financial obligations.

Mr Steiner expressed the United Nations system satification on progress being made to ensure the holding of credible elections and urged the concerned players to make sure the process continues without blemish right up to the end adding this could be achieved through dialogue among political parties.

He said there is need for political parties to dialogue so as to prevent violence from marring the processes and he also called for allocation of advertising and publicity time on the part of the media.

The UN official reassured the Zimbabwean government of its support for economic revival and the holding of undisputed elections in the country.

With the endorsement of the electoral processes by the UN chief, and the commitment shown by government to hold free, fair and credible elections and economic revival, the envisaged path to a middle class society by 2030 looks attainable given the goodwill shown by the global community and the financial institutions.