HARARE– The emphasis on re-building the Zimbabwean economy through opening up the country to foreign investment and re-engaging with the global community has brought renewed hope of better fortunes for the economy, says a senior government official.

The Zimbabwean economy has been battered by years of economic sanctions which some Western countries imposed and partly because of maladministration by the previous government led by former President Robert Mugabe.

In the previous era, vices such as corruption were allowed to fester while millions of dollars were looted by corrupt public officials with impunity at the expense of service delivery. But the advent of a new political dispensation has brought renewed hope to millions of Zimbabweans that the country is now returning to its former glory.

The Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Dr Misheck Sibanda, said Tuesday that the ushering in of the new administration had brought renewed hope.

“The new government administration, through its renewed emphasis on economic development, re-engagement with the global community and responsiveness to the citizens’ concerns has ushered in a pervasive sense of hope for a brighter future, characterized by prosperity, unity and peace,” he said in a statement ahead of Zimbabwe’s 38th Independence anniversary celebrations on Wednesday.

“As the OPC we shall continue to work tirelessly towards realisation of His Excellency’s vision to transform Zimbabwe into a knowledge based middle income earning economy by 2030 as part of efforts to consolidate our independence.”

Zimbabwe is now five months into a new government led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded former President Mugabe, who resigned in November last year.

President Mnangagwa has placed economic transformation at the top of his agenda, but has appealed for patience and support to realize this vision. Dr Sibanda said Zimbabweans held in high esteem the heritage of freedom and the right to self determination bequeathed through the sacrifices of gallant freedom fighters.

“This year?s independence anniversary is historic in that it comes on the cusp of a new dispensation of our great country premised on the mantra Zimbabwe is open for business,” he said.