Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba has implored captains of industry to work towards developing the province so as to eradicate poverty.

While addressing participants during a business breakfast meeting held in Mutare, Dr Gwaradzimba said it is no longer time for politics as every attention has to be laid on economics.

“We have to determine our own destiny as people of Manicaland. We have to grow our own economy. We have to put our heads together as we are responsible for the development of Manicaland,” she said.

Dr Gwaradzimba said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe is open for business mantra is the path that all have to take to ensure that the country has a better economy.

She noted that unity is key to development and women are not going to be left out in issues of development.

“We are going to be guided by the Presidents’ mantra that Zimbabwe is open for business. Inclusivity is also important. Women are not going to be left behind. They have been marginalised for so long so we want to see more women in business. There is also need to provide a conducive environment for investors by making swift decisions,” added Dr Gwaradzimba.

The meeting also saw business people sharing ideas on ways to ease doing business in the province and resolved to work in unity guided by President Mnangagwa’s vision of Zimbabwe attaining a middle income economy by 2030.