To do that, we will need a state that is strong and strategic, nimble and responsive to the needs of people. While it is never true that government has all the answers, government can and should be a force for good – and its power should be put squarely at the service of this country’s working people. If we are going to make our economy strong as the world changes, we will need government to play an active role, leading a modern industrial strategy to make the most of Zimbabwe’s strengths and take advantage of new opportunities – bringing secure, well-paid jobs to the whole of the country.
If we are going to make sure Zimbabwe emerges from Zanu government era as a strong and united nation, we will need strong leadership and good government: to get the right policies for our economy, to strike new trade deals around the world and to make sure our economy is strong for the years ahead. If we want to overcome Zimbabwe’s enduring social and tribal divisions, we will need to give people real opportunity and make Zimbabwe the world’s Great Meritocracy. That will require government to take on long-ignored problems like Zimbabwe’s lack of training and technical education, as well as long-lasting injustices, such as the lack of care for people in creating really jobs, and the inequality of opportunity that endures on the basis of race,tribe, gender and class.
If we are going to cope with our ageing society and if we want to give security to people in old age while being fair to younger generations, we are going to need positive, active government that will deal with increased demand for social care, fund and improve our Health Services and build more houses across the country. We will need to take sometimes difficult decisions that ask more of one generation in order to help another. If we are going to respond to rapid changes in technology, we need government to make Zimbabwe the best place in the world to set up and run modern businesses, bringing the jobs of the future to our country; but we also need government to create the right regulatory frameworks that will protect our security and personal privacy, and ensure the welfare of children and younger people in an age when so much of life is conducted online.
Government alone cannot solve every challenge our country faces. Without business and enterprise, there would be no prosperity and no public services. Without the obligations and duties of citizenship, society would not function. Without individual responsibility, nothing can be achieved. But for a country to remain stable, an economy to be strong, a society to stay healthy, we need a partnership between the individual and the wider nation, between private sector and public service, and the strong leadership only government can provide.