Insight into Zimbabwe’s strategic location


ONE of the most important features of Zimbabwe is its strategic location.
This is an aspect that has been discussed extensively.
But little or no benefits have been realised from this God-given advantage.
We have yet to capitalise on this fundamental aspect.
Now, all that is about to change.
Many developed countries have reached the zenith of economic development purely on the basis of the service they offer to other nations.
The service industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world — for a reason.
Countries like Japan and Singapore, to mention a few, have developed their economies to world class standards on the back of services they offer.
What about Zimbabwe?
There are many things that we can offer fellow nations.
We are the link to many countries.
We are the bridge that takes one to the rest of the southern African region.
We are the path that takes one as far away as the central African region.
We can go further than that if we really develop our infrastructure.
President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has since commissioned the upgrading and modernisation of the Beitbridge Border Post.
There are many benefits to be gained from that project.
The first and compounding issue is that the groundbreaking ceremony marked Zimbabwe’s return to the fore of the SADC’s economic integration agenda.
Beitbridge Border Post is important in that it paves way for seamless trade — commerce and tourism — both in the southern and central African regions.
It has proven to be one of the busiest in-land ports in the world.
It is also a strategic entry point to the North-South Corridor.
It will also generate the much needed revenue into the fiscus.
Critically, the modernisation of the border post will ease the flow of traffic, humans and goods both into and out of the country.
Most importantly, the project feeds well into the mantra that ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’; it is the much desired development many have been calling for.
That is not all, there is much more that is happening in our beautiful nation.
Like I have said before, we will not tire of celebrating our achievements.
Zimbabwe will accommodate the Orange Grove Power Transmission project.
The project will help ease pressure on transmission lines that link Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique.
It will also help curb power losses currently being experienced in the southern African region.
There is more.
Zimbabwe can take advantage of its location to do solar fields which will feed into the SADC grid.
We can also tap into our tourism potential which is believed to be among the most diverse in the world.
We can also, as a matter of urgency, complete the dualisation of the Chirundu-Beitbridge Highway.
There is a whole lot more that Zimbabwe can do for the region.
And the time is now.


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