Own Correspondent|The Ambassador of Caribbean Islands of Antigua & Barbuda to Nigeria, Brigadier General Dr Wallace Williams landed in the country and in an instant declared that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is running the country well.
Williams expressed confidence in the leadership of Mnangagwa saying Zimbabwe has made significant progress since he tookover in November 2017.
Having been in the capital Harare, where streets have been narrowed by meandering fuel queues, Williams’ sentiments leave a lot of people wondering where in Harare the Mnangagwa regime took him for him to see a better Zimbabwe.
Williams also visited the ageing Midlands province capital of Gweru where without doubt he would have had a glimpse of the collapsed industries in Kwekwe and Gweru that would have given him an opportunity to give a better assessment of the situation in the country.
In an interview on the sidelines of Pan African Business Summit held in Gweru on Saturday, Dr Williams shockingly said the dispensation under Mnangagwa has increased investor confidence when in actual fact more industries are closing down due to the financial uncertainty in the country.
“I am very happy to be in Zimbabwe and am excited to note that the country has made significant progress since President Mnangagwa came into power. He has been saying that Zimbabwe is open for business and indeed it is open for business considering the reforms that are taking place under the new dispensation and l can guarantee you that the impact will be felt in the shortest possible time,” said Dr Williams.
Dr Williams however managed to realise that Mnangagwa and his government are not applying right economic policies and called on the country to come up with right policies and develop human capital for it to move forward.
Dr Williams said what is encouraging is that investors now have confidence in the Zimbabwean economy.
“What l know now is that there is investor confidence because investment opportunities have been clearly identified. What is left is to translate the investors’ commitments into deliverables,” he said.
The summit, which was organised by River Valley Holdings, was attended by captains of industry, politicians and business people.
Foreign delegates who attended the summit include the Executive Director of Pan African Leadership Development Centre Dr Babalola Omoniyi, Director of Administration and Planning Dr Ayanlola Ayanyimika and Head of Media Zubair Rashid Olanrenwaju.