Building Competitive Capacity Fundamental to Zimbabwe’s Development

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) dedicated the commemoration of its 20th anniversary held on 8 February to a high panel discussion on the Future of Africa is Now: the Critical Role of Capacity Development.

Click to view photos from the event.Speaking during the high panel discussion officiated by President Robert Mugabe, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Alain Noudehou said, “We in the United Nations believe that committed leadership, resilient institutions, a strong knowledge base, and accountability for results are four key levers for a real change in capacity development in Africa”. The Resident Coordinator further noted, “To bring change in these four areas, there is a need for a comprehensive and systematic development as opposed to ad-hoc interventions”.

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Tendai Biti, who is also the Governor of ACBF, speaking at the same event said that in 2010 the Government had allocated US$ 80 million for capacity building to capital ministries; however, due to lack of capacity only less than 50% of the money was absorbed. “There is a need not only to create capacity but also to retain, develop and recreate what could have been lost,” said the Minister.

Addressing the event’s theme, the Minister of Economic Planning and Investment, Hon. Tapiwa Mashakada noted, “Today Africa is different from the Africa of yesteryear, the new Africa needs trade and investment to enhance the resilience of its capacity.”

On his part, the Minister of Education, Hon. Stanley Mudenge underscored that “without developing the human element of capacity building nothing can be achieved – having appropriate higher learning institutions is of paramount importance to equip people with the necessary skills to plan, set their goals and achieve them.”

On the way forward, all the panelists emphasised the need to promote good governance and build competitive human and institutional capacity as fundamental elements to tackle Africa’s current development challenges.

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