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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Flexes Muscles on Labour Migration and Disability, Launches Key Policies in a Socio-Economic Development Move Towards 2030

June 10, 2021

By Nevson Mpofu .

President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his tentative effort to promote inclusivity and participation of every Zimbabwean towards economic growth and development launched two key intertwined strategic policies. The two take a snap-shot to focus on labor migration and disability.

The National Disability Policy and National Labor Migration Policies were jointly launched in Harare at a glamorous ceremony attended by United Nations officials among them Maria Ribeiro UN Country Representative. At Foreign Affairs level recognition were plenipotentiary members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassadors.

Also at higher figure representation were Government officials, the President himself chaperoned by Vice President Constantine Chiwenga , Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima , civil servants from the Labour Ministry , other ministries , top Government officials from related ministries , big number from civil society organizations on disability and media

The National Disability policy calls for inclusivity of all disabled people into total participation at national level for socio-economic development. The policy came to being in 2018 after several discussions with the President.

‘’This lies out with the National Development Strategy 1 . Disabled people must not be taken as charity but as people who are like an citizen. They must be included in national Development. They need total respect, dignity and integrity in-order for them to feel free and participate in socio-economic development.

Diaspora engagement is key and crucial as well . The President reiterated the need for those in the diaspora to  feel free participate in economic development of their country . He added that their contribution to the development of the country is un-questionable.

‘’The journey towards Vision 2030 attainment is of an empowered and prosperous Upper Middle Income Economy. It entails total inclusivity of all Zimbabweans. No-one must be left behind ‘’.

‘’The two policies fulfill , promote and protect workers . These are important in socio-economic development of our country. It then means and tells us a lot about employment opportunities for those seeking outside jobs to feel free to work in countries of their will and choice. At the same time disabled people get these opportunities without any challenges.’’

International Organization for Migration, [IOM] Zimbabwe Chief Mission headed by Mario Lito Malanila said the Labour Migration policy will address good governance in terms of labor migration. He added that this creates workers safety and protection against some malpractices likely to harm them negatively.

‘’Labour migration and sustainable development remains crucial. This is made easier by craft of good policies which safe-guard, protect and up-keep on the rights of all workers. The policy improves governance systems around labor migration. Workers throughout times have contributed to disposable incomes and sustainability of community livelihoods through meaningful inclusivity and participation’’, he said

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