President Robert Mugabe says Zimbabwe is one of the most developed countries on the continent and cannot be rated as a fragile country.
Participating in a discussion at the ongoing 27th conference of the World Economic Forum for Africa meeting in Durban, South Africa, Cde Mugabe said Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate on the continent whose economic development may be second after its neighbour South Africa.
In his discussion entitled ”Eye on Fragile States”, President Mugabe questioned the rationale that was used to categorise the country as a fragile state when the country has always enjoyed peace and security and is working on various programmes to uplift the living standards of its people.
Cde Mugabe said through ZIMASSET and command agriculture, Zimbabwe is working to grow the economy.
“Zimbabwe is also rich in resources and cannot be classified as fragile. Every country has some areas of fragility including even the developed ones like the US which went down on its knees seeking assistance from China to restore its industries. The Zimbabwean government has also come up with a raft of measures to lure investment such as the special economic zones and ease of doing business,” he said.
Responding to questions on causes of violence, Cde Mugabe said in his view it is caused by economic lack and the clash of religious doctrines.
He said economic conflicts ones can be resolved when developing countries get investment to grow economies and create jobs while the clashes of doctrines are difficult to resolve.
After the opening session, the President joined other leaders like South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Macky Sall of Senegal, Swaziland’s King Mswati III and others in a discussion entitled, “Committed to Improving the State of the World.”