The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged to avail additional funding over the coming months to assist the country’s economic acceleration recovery process.
This was revealed by visiting UNDP programme’s administrator and vice president of the UNDP Group Mr Achim Steiner when he paid a courtesy call on President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices this morning.
Mr Steiner was accompanied by the UN resident coordinator in Zimbabwe Mr Bishow Parajuli and some senior officials from UN agencies.
This is the second time that the UNDP chief has met with President Mnangagwa after the two met in Davos Switzerland during the World Economic Forum.
President Mnangagwa however laid out the next steps that he envisages towards the elections.
Mr Steiner said the UNDP held close discussions with the government on issues regarding the betterment of the livelihoods of the citizens of Zimbabwe and the aspirations of the government to accelerate economic recovery.
He said there is great hope and expectations in the way the President envisages economic recovery processes through the engagement of international development processes and the investments from abroad.
The UNDP programme’s administrator highlighted that his organisation is willing to offer additional support whenever needed and so far they have availed US$10 million towards the biometric voter registration exercise.
Mr Steiner said there will be issues which will be debated by the other political parties about the processes and procedures of elections.
He said it is critical that they support the processes because the integrity of the election is fundamental to its credibility and confidence that Zimbabweans will have in its outcome.
The UNDP chief said he is impressed with the progress made so far in preparation for the upcoming elections adding that there’s need for a revised electoral law that will be in line with the constitution.