Vision 2030 a key tool to build a lasting legacy

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Writes Dr Tinashe Muzamhindo


Vision 2030 remains a brilliant and strategic plan to foster growth and development in Zimbabwe. Developing a robust plan to achieve Vision 2030 is essential for guiding collective efforts towards sustainable development in Zimbabwe. President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 for Zimbabwe exemplifies his exceptional leadership qualities and an unwavering commitment to shaping a prosperous future for the nation. Through a collective and inclusive approach specific to the nation, your Vision 2030 can become a reality, transforming Zimbabwean society and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come. By embracing short-term and long-term planning, strengthening monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, and aligning efforts around the vision’s pillars, we can build a better future for our country. Policy anchors and tools for alignment will further support the mobilization of resources and engagement of stakeholders. Together, as a collective, we can work towards realizing the vision and creating a prosperous and sustainable nation by 2030.

Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030 is a comprehensive development plan aimed at transforming the country into an upper-middle-income economy by the year 2030. As a strategic thinker, I wholeheartedly admire and appreciate Vision 2030, as it holds the potential to uplift Zimbabwe and its people towards prosperity. This article aims to highlight the significance of Vision 2030 and President Mnangagwa’s visionary leadership in driving this transformative agenda. By exploring key areas such as strengthening the President’s vision, cementing pillars of development, strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems, identifying benchmarks, promoting drivers of economic growth, coordinating ministries, revitalizing parastatals and state entities, creating a clear roadmap, and fostering a nexus between the private sector and government, we can collectively work towards achieving this ambitious goal.


Throughout history, many countries have achieved remarkable development and growth by setting achievable visions or goals. These visions provide a roadmap, a guiding light that directs efforts towards a common objective, fostering unity and collective action. Zimbabwe, under the visionary leadership of President Mnangagwa, is no exception. The implementation of Vision 2030 has already catalyzed massive development across the country, with significant infrastructure projects, innovative initiatives, and transformative developments improving the lives of citizens. From the construction of roads to the building of dams, these tangible advancements are a testament to the tangible impact of a well-crafted vision.

1. Acknowledging a Good Vision:
Vision 2030 stands as a testament to the President’s astute foresight and his unwavering commitment to the nation’s progress. Its comprehensive framework encompasses all sectors, addressing key challenges while capitalizing on opportunities for growth. The vision’s emphasis on inclusivity, sustainability, and economic empowerment makes it a compelling blueprint for Zimbabwe’s success. It is imperative that all stakeholders rally behind President Mnangagwa’s vision, recognizing its potential to drive positive change and uplift the nation. Vision 2030 has garnered international recognition as a comprehensive and forward-thinking plan that sets Zimbabwe on a trajectory towards becoming a middle-income country by 2030.

2. Clear Benchmarks:
To realize the full potential of Vision 2030, it is essential to establish clear benchmarks that serve as milestones on the journey towards national transformation. These benchmarks should encompass economic diversification, infrastructure development, human capital investment, and technological advancements. If specific targets and regularly monitoring progress are set, Zimbabwe can stay on track and adapt strategies as needed, ensuring the vision’s successful implementation.

3. Clear Pillars of Development:
The pillars of development outlined within Vision 2030 serve as the foundation for Zimbabwe’s growth. These pillars encompass macroeconomic stability, infrastructure development, governance, human capital development, and social development. We need to focus on these core areas so that we can foster an environment conducive to sustainable economic growth, job creation, and improved living standards for all citizens.

4. Broadening the Clusters Agenda:
To maximize the potential of Vision 2030, it is crucial to broaden the clusters agenda. This entails engaging diverse stakeholders across various sectors, including industry, agriculture, mining, tourism, and technology. This significant engagement will allow Zimbabwe to harness the collective expertise and resources necessary for comprehensive growth. Encouraging collaboration and fostering partnerships will create a synergy that propels the nation towards achieving its goals.

5. Restructuring of NDS 1 and 2:
In line with Vision 2030, it is imperative to restructure National Development Strategies (NDS) 1 and 2 to align them with the broader vision. This restructuring will ensure that all efforts and resources are directed towards the overarching objectives of sustainable development and economic transformation. If these strategies are harmonised, Zimbabwe can streamline its approach, optimizing efficiency and effectiveness.

6. Restructuring of Vision 2030:
As with any long-term vision, periodic review and restructuring are essential to adapt to evolving circumstances. Regular assessments and adjustments to Vision 2030 will allow Zimbabwe to remain responsive to emerging challenges and opportunities. This dynamic approach must be embraced to ensure that the vision remains relevant and attuned to the changing needs of its people.

7. Breaking NDS 1 and 2:
Breaking down silos and fostering coordination between different sectors and ministries is crucial for the successful implementation of Vision 2030. This therefore means the government must foster inter-ministerial collaboration to eliminate duplication of efforts, streamline resource allocation, and foster a cohesive and integrated approach to development. Breaking NDS 1 and 2 allows for a unified vision and strategy, ensuring that all sectors work together towards a common goal.

8. Setting Clear Parameters:
To effectively measure progress and hold stakeholders accountable, it is essential to establish clear parameters and indicators for success. These parameters should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). This requires setting of these parameters for Zimbabwe to track its progress, identify areas of improvement, and celebrate milestones along the way.

9. Establishment of Economic Development Council:
To drive the implementation of Vision 2030, the establishment of an Economic Development Council is crucial. This council, composed of experts from various sectors, will provide guidance, expertise, and strategic advice to ensure the successful execution of the vision. Zimbabwe can navigate challenges and seize opportunities effectively by harnessing the collective wisdom and experience of these individuals.

10. Progressive Benchmarks:
As Vision 2030 spans over a decade, it is essential to establish progressive benchmarks that outline specific targets to be achieved at various intervals. These benchmarks will enable Zimbabwe to track its progress and make necessary adjustments to stay on course. This entails breaking down the vision into manageable milestones to maintain momentum and ensure continuous progress.

11. Stimulus Package for the Private Sector:
Recognizing the pivotal role of the private sector in driving economic growth, a stimulus package of 1 billion must be allocated to support private sector initiatives aligned with Vision 2030. This injection of capital will encourage entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation, fostering a vibrant and resilient economy.

12. Decentralizing Planning Structures:
To ensure effective implementation and local ownership of Vision 2030, planning structures must be decentralized. Empowering local authorities and communities to devise strategies tailored to their specific needs and resources will enhance inclusivity and ensure that development efforts are sustainable and impactful.

13. Clear Timeframes:
Timeframes are critical for the successful implementation of Vision 2030. By setting realistic timelines for the achievement of specific goals, Zimbabwe can maintain focus, allocate resources effectively, and monitor progress. Clear timeframes instil a sense of urgency and accountability, driving action and ensuring that the nation stays on track towards its vision.

14. Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Systems:

To ensure the effective implementation of Vision 2030, robust monitoring and evaluation systems are necessary. This involves setting clear performance indicators, establishing data collection mechanisms, and conducting regular assessments of progress. By monitoring and evaluating the implementation of various initiatives, the government can identify areas of success and areas that require adjustment or improvement. Monitoring and evaluation systems should be transparent and inclusive, involving stakeholders from different sectors. This will enhance accountability, enable evidence-based decision-making, and facilitate the identification of best practices and lessons learned.

15. Promoting Drivers of Economic Growth:

Vision 2030 recognizes the importance of drivers of economic growth, such as innovation, technology adoption, and entrepreneurship. The government should create an enabling environment that encourages innovation and technology transfer, provides support for start-ups and small businesses, and promotes a culture of entrepreneurship. This can be achieved through the development of incubation centres, access to finance, and the provision of business development services.

The government should prioritize investments in these areas to create an enabling environment for economic growth. Encouraging research and development activities, fostering collaboration between academia and industry, and promoting technology transfer can drive innovation and technological advancements in various sectors. The government can establish mechanisms to improve access to credit, provide financial incentives for investment, and support the development of a vibrant financial sector. Human capital development is vital for sustainable economic growth. The government should invest in education and skills training programs that are aligned with the needs of the job market, promoting lifelong learning and continuous skill upgrading.

16. Coordinating Ministries:
Effective coordination among ministries is crucial for the successful implementation of Vision 2030. Ministries should work together, aligning their policies and strategies to achieve common goals. This can be facilitated through regular inter-ministerial meetings, the establishment of task forces or committees, and the sharing of information and resources. Collaboration among ministries ensures a holistic approach to development, avoids duplication of efforts, and maximizes the impact of initiatives. Clear communication channels and reporting mechanisms should be established to ensure that ministries are accountable for their actions and progress towards the goals of Vision 2030. The government can also promote a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing among ministries, encouraging the exchange of best practices and lessons learned.

The journey towards realizing Vision 2030 is a collective endeavour that requires dedication, collaboration, and unwavering commitment. President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 stands as a transformative blueprint for Zimbabwe’s development and prosperity. With clear benchmarks, strategic restructuring, and a collaborative approach, Zimbabwe can overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and pave the way for a brighter future. We need to unite, support Vision 2030, and work together to build a prosperous Zimbabwe for generations to come. Let us all support this vision and implement the necessary strategies to enable Zimbabwe to unlock its full potential, uplift its citizens, and position itself as a regional and global leader.

Dr Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo is the Head of the Zimbabwe Institute of Strategic Thinking – ZIST, and he can be contacted at