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Govt plans more infrastructure projects

GOVERNMENT, which has been battling to complete outstanding infrastructure development projects countrywide, has lined up more rehabilitation programmes over the next few years. This means in addition to the US$14 billion already required for a facelift of existing infrastructure, millions more would be required to complete the new projects.

Despite serious funding challenges, government has to work on several plans to see how it can contain an extensive decline in the state of roads, dams, telecoms infrastructure and State properties. The country has embarked on a number of capital projects but these have not been completed due to funding problems. These include the rehabilitation and dualisation of the Airport road in Harare, the dualisation of the Harare-Masvingo road and work on the Harare-Chitungwiza railway line, which has been on the cards for decades.

The scale of the dilapidation of national infrastructure has been so bad that a lot of money would be required to bankroll existing projects. Recently, the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry said as part of its national tourism policy, which was unveiled by Minister Walter Mzembi in Harare, it would facilitate the development, refurbishment and rehabilitation of key infrastructure to facilitate the growth of the industry.
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Mobile communications behemoth, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe says it will soon diversify into road construction, in a bid to improve communication channels and support to the community, its chief executive officer, has said.

Douglas Mboweni said at the side lines of the launch of Econet Wireless's Energise the Chain project, at Nhowe Mission in Macheke on Friday, the decision follows a realisation that many communities were hard to reach because of poor roads.

He said diversification into road construction would broaden the company's foot print, at the same time, help in the development of social infrastructure and boost the goals of the country's economic plan, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Social Transformation (ZimAsset).

"It's been articulated by the government that all private players should participate in driving the four economic pillars including food security, social services, value addition and infrastructure development as outlined in ZimAsset.

"We have already chipped in to improve food security as we have introduced the Eco-Farmer in Murehwa, a project which will expand to all provinces country wide. This kind of project we are launching today falls under the social services cluster but we think we are solution providers, connectivity is our passion but the question is what can we do now to strengthen this priority, " he said.

He said with time, the group would intensify its efforts in upgrading roads especially in rural areas also acknowledging they had already ventured into this.

"We are in the communication business but we are also concerned with the deteriorating state of many roads in our country which at times prevent us to reach all populations, because of this need as Econet we will introduce ourselves into the road construction business.

Improving the state of roads is something that we will be focusing on as Econet going forward," said Mboweni.

Mboweni said Zimbabwe was sitting on the widest fibre network of approximately 7 200 kilometres and this gives the company the passion to increase internet linkups across the country.
- See more at: http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-47300-article-Econet+to+expand+into+road+construction.html#sthash.GG33oc3S.dpufMobile communications behemoth, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe says it will soon diversify into road construction, in a bid to improve communication channels and support to the community, its chief executive officer, has said.

Douglas Mboweni said at the side lines of the launch of Econet Wireless's Energise the Chain project, at Nhowe Mission in Macheke on Friday, the decision follows a realisation that many communities were hard to reach because of poor roads.

He said diversification into road construction would broaden the company's foot print, at the same time, help in the development of social infrastructure and boost the goals of the country's economic plan, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Social Transformation (ZimAsset).

"It's been articulated by the government that all private players should participate in driving the four economic pillars including food security, social services, value addition and infrastructure development as outlined in ZimAsset.

"We have already chipped in to improve food security as we have introduced the Eco-Farmer in Murehwa, a project which will expand to all provinces country wide. This kind of project we are launching today falls under the social services cluster but we think we are solution providers, connectivity is our passion but the question is what can we do now to strengthen this priority, " he said.

He said with time, the group would intensify its efforts in upgrading roads especially in rural areas also acknowledging they had already ventured into this.

"We are in the communication business but we are also concerned with the deteriorating state of many roads in our country which at times prevent us to reach all populations, because of this need as Econet we will introduce ourselves into the road construction business.

Improving the state of roads is something that we will be focusing on as Econet going forward," said Mboweni.

Mboweni said Zimbabwe was sitting on the widest fibre network of approximately 7 200 kilometres and this gives the company the passion to increase internet linkups across the country.
- See more at: http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-47300-article-Econet+to+expand+into+road+construction.html#sthash.GG33oc3S.dpuf

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