Zim needs $18bn to rebuild infrastructure

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HARARE – Zimbabwe requires $18 billion to rehabilitate its run-down infrastructure and attract more foreign direct investment, a United Nations expert said on Thursday.

“If basic internal infrastructure needs cannot be met, even generous fiscal incentives will not be enough to attract and retain investors in the zones,” Amarakoon Bandara of United Nations Development Programme told delegates attending a conference on special economic zones (SEZ).

“Delivering hard and soft infrastructure inside the zones effectively and integrating them with the domestic market must be a priority.”

Bandara said poor infrastructure was a common hurdle in Africa’s quest to attract investment and business growth.

“Poor road connectivity and serious port-related delays undermine competitiveness and discourage investors. Infrastructure in Zimbabwe is on average 30 years old and requires about $18 billion for modernisation,” Bandara said.

“Most problematic is hard infrastructure, but soft infrastructure, especially in relation to customs and trade facilitation, is also an important determinant of success or failure.”

Bandara said financing of SEZs should not be a burden on the rest of the economy.

“Persistent financial burden on the rest of the economy could undermine development outside zones and thus the net benefit of SEZs could in fact fall short of the cost for the economy as a whole,” he said.

— The Source

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  1. Now there is someone making sense about the economic prospects of ZIm, not these con man masquerading as prophets of God! Unless the infrastructure is fixed nothing will ever improve, as a matter of fact most of the infrastructure is continuing to deteriorate, our imbecile leaders don’t seem to be bothered, all they want are the fat checks and pecks and to steal from us hard working taxpayers!

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