Zimbabwe MDG Task Force Deliberates on Inception Status Report for 2012

The Zimbabwe MDG National Drafting Task Force held its first meeting to discuss an inception report presented by two national consultants.  The meeting chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Dr. D. Mutize Sibanda, emphasized the need for latest and reliable statistics (from national statistical Agency,  UN and other official sources) to publish the Zimbabwe MDG status report for 2012 to meet national and international standards.

During the discussion the Permanent Secretary underlined the need to consider best practices from other African countries such as Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana and Nigeria to learn from their experiences.  He further noted, “The Government will constantly engage the UN to ensure the report adheres to international standards.” The Permanent Secretary added that his Ministry will provide overall guidance to ensure that the progress report is a national document reflecting the views of all principals in the national economic sector. The meeting resolved that the report will capture trends and prospects with underlining factors contributing to the progress are identified and analyzed. In addition, the meeting agreed on the need to incorporate the post 2015 sustainable agenda to the MDGs status report.

UNDP Economics Advisor, James Wakiaga, advised the consultants to ensure that all reliable data published by the Government and the UN be used in the status report. He cautioned that the status report should follow strictly the guideline provided to ensure best practice.

The objective of the National MDG Report for 2012 is to generate information to the public on the status of Zimbabwe’s progress towards the MDGs and serve as a basis for advocacy and social mobilization. The status report once completed will serve as a basis for crucial developmental discourse among political leaders, policy makers, parliamentarians, civil society, communities and the media to ensure that the MDGs are given the priority they deserve as minimalist development benchmarks.

Led by the PS of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, 18 members of the National MDGs Task Force from different Government Ministries and Institutions, and UN agencies (UNDP, UNFPA, FAO, UN Habitat, UN Women and RCO) participated in the discussion. The two national consultants will prepare the first draft in 20 working days with a tentative plan of launching the final MDGs report by the end of November or early December 2012.

The MDGs are the major guiding framework for developmental targets agreed to by all UN member countries since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000. Each member country is expected to monitor progress in the implementation of the MDGs and periodically produce progress reports as part of the process.