WINDHOEK, Zimbabwean nationals living in Namibia have been invited to return home and rebuild their country's economy by the country's new Head of State, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Addressing a business forum for Zimbabweans in Namibia during his one-day visit to the country Monday. president Mnangagwa said his government had created a conducive environment for Zimbabweans to seize various economic opportunities, contribute to the economy and make the country more prosperous.
Briefing close to 300 Zimbabwean business people who attended the meeting, Mnangagwa assured Zimbabweans living in Namibia that the country would never be the same again.
He said while his administration focused on unity, love and work, the country would also preserve the legacy of its former president, Robert Mugabe, who stepped down in November, and the revolution of the country.
"However, we now want Zimbabwe to catch up with the rest of the countries in the region and internationally," added Mnangagwa, who said his government had thus far revised its indigenisation policy which previously required the government to retain 51 per cent of profits made from the mining sector whilst the investor only received 49 per cent.
He said the requirement would only apply to extractive and depletable resources as they are exploited.
"In the mining sector, we have removed the constraints of indigenisation except for the two minerals -- diamonds and platinum. As for the rest, investors can come in and exploit minerals straight away in our country without adhering to that requirement," Mnangagwa said.
He further pointed out that the Zimbabwean government had also addressed food insecurity through food nutrition programmes and road infrastructure.
Mnangagwa has so paid maiden visits as Zimbabwe's president to South Africa, Angola and Namibia and is scheduled to visit Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana in the near future.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK