Introductions and Welcome Remarks by Cde George Nkiwane
INTRODUCTIONS AND WELCOME REMARKS BY CDE. GEORGE NKIWANE.
THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE LABOUR AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ZIMBABWE (LEDRIZ), AT THE LAUNCH Of
Beyond The Enclave: Towards A Pro-Poor And Inclusive Development Strategy For Zimbabwe
On 30 JUNE 2011
(All protocols observed.)
May I welcome you all to this historic occasion, the launch of the book entitled ‘Beyond the Enclave: Towards A Pro-Poor and Inclusive Development Strategy for Zimbabwe’ which is an update of the
‘Beyond ESAP’ Book published by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in 1996.
This event is hosted by the ZCTU’s research think-tank, the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ) which was mandated by the ZCTU to undertake the update study that led to the publication of the book we are launching today. I chair the Board of LEDRIZ and hence was tasked with being the Director of Ceremonies at this occasion.
This book launch is therefore an important occasion for us in the labour movement, and civil society in general to advocate and promote a pro-poor and inclusive development strategy for Zimbabwe. As Robert Solow, one of the two economists that participated in the Commission on Growth and Development of the World Bank between 2006 and 2008 aptly stated, “In many ways, the more equitable the growth, the more sustainable it’s likely to be, because there will be less controversy, less disagreement, less resistance, and also there’s an enormous amount of talent in populations that needs to be tapped. Excluding some parts of the population, whether by gender, age, or ethnicity, from the benefits of growth loses the talents that they have. So in my view, it is not only desirable that they go together, it’s useful that they go together,” (World Bank, 2008: 62). More will be said about this strategy by the President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).
By bringing together such a cross section of our population, we hope to recognize the beauty that lies in diversity, and to promote the spirit of smart partnerships that is so critical for national ownership of policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. As is now widely accepted, development policies stand a better chance of success when they are owned by the broad stakeholders – indeed, one swallow does not make a summer.
Statement by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER MORGAN TSVANGIRAI
AT THE LAUNCH Of
Beyond The Enclave: Towards A Pro-Poor And Inclusive Development Strategy For Zimbabwe On 30 JUNE 2011
(All protocols observed.)
I am happy to be with you today to celebrate this newest book by Zimbabweans yearning for a
bright future for this country and its citizen
I am heartened by the continued desire to explore new frontiers on how best we can maximize production, increase employment levels, eradicate poverty and guarantee a great future for ourselves and future generations
The book that we launch here today, Beyond the Enclave: A pro poor and inclusive development strategy for Zimbabwe, represents our national quest to seek the best economic model that can drive our country forward by unlocking our great potential
The new book, a sequel to Beyond ESAP, must form the basis for fresh debate on how government, the private sector and labour can work together to make Zimbabwe realize its potential by coming up with policies driven and underpinned by the interests of the marginalized in our society
The book captures interesting scenarios which expose a disturbing paradox about our situation as a country
Zimbabwe-s climate was voted -the best climate on Earth- alongside Malta in the International Living magazine-s 2011 Quality of Life Index published in January ranking 192 countries.
Yet a month later, Zimbabwe-s capital city, Harare was considered the –least livable city in the
world,- by the Economist Intelligence Unit-s -world's most livable cities- survey of 140 cities across the globe. The ranking took into consideration stability, economy, health care, and infrastructure.
In the 2010 Global Human Development Report, Zimbabwe came last among the169 countries ranked on the basis of their human development index, a composite index comprising indicators of longevity (life expectancy at birth), knowledge (adult literacy and average years of schooling) and income.
Zimbabwe with +the best climate on earth- while Harare is rated +the least livable city in the world- captures one paradox.
It showcases Zimbabwe-s abundant yet unexploited mineral resources present another. In short, we are very poor even though we are very rich.
This book sets out to unravel this contradiction of rich and diverse resource endowments co-existing with endemic poverty, misery amidst plenty.
It is shameful to any government that our people could live in with so much poverty, surviving
on less than US$1 a day, when the country is endowed with so many riches.
This is the reason why some us have voiced concern that there is no way we can fail to pay civil servants and to resuscitate collapsed infrastructure when every day sophisticated extractive machinery is opening the country-s belly in Chiadzwa.
Where are all the proceeds going? Who is pocketing the proceeds from our national resources, which must benefit all Zimbabweans in their diversity?
Surely national resources cannot be private property of a few people for their own personal benefit while the generality of Zimbabweans is struggling to put a meal on the table.
The book assesses the journey the economy has followed since independence through three main phases. In the first decade of independence, 1980-90, government pursued a strong social policy framework, especially with respect to education and health, which was difficult to sustain due to erratic growth.
The next major policy experiment, the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (ESAP), 1991-96, witnessed a paradigm shift as government adopted a market-driven approach to development. This reversed the gains of the1980s in the social arena.
The third phase can hardly be described as a period of policy coherence. It is characterized by crises and crisis-management practices. A series of knee-jerk, fire-fighting reaction policies were marked by policy inconsistencies, contradictions and reversals.
Not surprisingly, such policy incoherence saw the economy descend into hyperinflation in August 2007, and paralysis in 2007-2008, leading to the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) by the three main political parties in September 2009 following the contested elections of 2008.
The Inclusive Government which took office in March 2009 succeeded in stabilizing the economy. Economic recovery after the adoption of the multi-currency regime has remained fragile, however, against a backdrop of slow governance reforms.
Therefore, despite the notable and significant respite following the formation of the inclusive government, the economy remains locked in a poverty trap. Going forward, there is need to facilitate transition towards policy commitment to rapidly growing employment in the formal sector with decent jobs that pay a living wage. With the level of resources Zimbabwe has, no citizens should suffer and live in poverty. As Zimbabweans, we must take responsibility for their own destiny. Stewardship of Zimbabwe-s abundant mineral resources in a way that will benefit both current and future generations of Zimbabweans while at the same time care for the well-being of the planet will present new and difficult challenges +Beyond the Enclave- argues for a new approach to development in Zimbabwe based on pro-poor and socially inclusive strategies that will contribute to the well-being of all of its citizens and wise stewardship over all of its resources.
The book offers suggestions on policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in multiple sectors all designed to promote inclusive growth and humane development.
I hope that some of the suggestions in this book will find life in government policy.
As a government, particularly the economic ministries, we stand to benefit from the many ideas in the book which have been informed by both our collective negative and positive experience as a country.
I am told the pro-poor and inclusive development strategy encapsulated in this book is predicated on the following 10 principles:
i. It is a people-led strategy.
ii. It presents an alternative production system primarily based on
domestic demand and human needs and the use of local resources and
iii. A grassroots-led regional integration
iv. Strategic engagement with the international community in order to
protect and advance national and regional interests;
v. An alternative policy on science and technology based on harnessing
the collective knowledge and wisdom of the people;
vi. Forging of strategic alliances and networks with progressive forces
at national, regional and global levels;
vii. A politically governed redistribution of wealth and opportunities
from the formal to the non-formal sectors of the economy;
viii. Women-s rights as the basis for a healthy and productive society;
ix. An education system that addresses the needs for sustainable human
development by improving technical, managerial, research and development
x. The creation of a dynamic, participatory and radical democracy,
which regards peoples- mobilization, demonstrations, open hearings as part of
the struggle for an ethical and developmental state.
It is indeed a great book and it is my singular honour and pleasure to
officially launch+ Beyond the Enclave: A Pro Poor and Inclusive
Development Strategy for Zimbabwe. - I thank you
Statement by Cde Lovemore Matombo
STATEMENT BY CDE. LOVEMORE MATOMBO,
THE PRESIDENT OF THE ZIMBABWE CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS (ZCTU),
AT THE LAUNCH Of
Beyond The Enclave: Towards A Pro-Poor And Inclusive Development Strategy For Zimbabwe On 30 JUNE 2011
(All protocols observed.)
May I also take this opportunity to welcome you all to this historic occasion, the launch of the Update to the ‘Beyond ESAP’ book published by the ZCTU in 1996 entitled ‘Beyond the Enclave: Towards A Pro-Poor and Inclusive Development Strategy for Zimbabwe.’
Our Esteemed Guests of Honour, and Invited Dignitaries, most of you may recall that in 1996, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) published its groundbreaking analysis of the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (ESAP), ‘Beyond ESAP.’ The book marked a new epoch for the labour movement as it moved beyond just criticizing government policies to offering detailed policy alternatives. It also represented an attempt by the labour movement to put together its positions into a cogent policy framework covering the macro and sectoral levels. The ‘Beyond ESAP’ book therefore provided a reference point for the policies of the ZCTU, and was extensively utilized by policy makers, academics, students, and other interested parties. Furthermore, the far-reaching recommendations of the ‘Beyond ESAP’ study, the proposal to establish a national institutional framework for stakeholder participation in national decision-making processes, the Zimbabwe Economic Development Council (ZEDC), culminated in the formation of the National Economic Consultative Forum (NECF) in July 1997 and the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) in September 1998.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Zimbabwean economy of 1996 is barely recognizable, having gone through eleven years of crisis (1997-2008), and far-reaching changes. The economy analyzed in the ‘Beyond ESAP’ study and the one existing now are structurally different. For instance, a year before the onset of the crisis (1996) Zimbabwe’s GDP of US$8.6 billion was the second largest of the 15-country SADC, behind that of South Africa at US$143.7 billion. At the height of the economic paralysis in 2008, Zimbabwe’s GDP reached only US$4.8 billion, falling to the rank of eleventh in SADC, a position that was maintained in 2009. Instructively, while South Africa’s GDP was almost 17 times that of Zimbabwe in 1996, it was almost 58 times larger by 2008. Such has been Zimbabwe’s fall in status that a country that used to be in the medium human development category is now at the bottom of the 169 countries reported on in the 2010 Global Human Development Report. As the economy collapsed, Zimbabwe’s human resources went into the Diaspora. Today almost a third of the population is living abroad.
It is against this background of wrenching structural changes that the General Council of the ZCTU requested the Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ), its research think-tank, to update the ‘Beyond ESAP’ book. ZCTU leaders felt the need to ascertain the extent of economic regression and to establish base lines for launching the new, pro-poor, inclusive and humane recovery and development policies so urgently needed. This directive to update the ‘Beyond ESAP’ book took advantage of the fact that the Alternatives to Neo-liberalism in Southern Africa (ANSA) project a regional initiative of the ZCTU and the Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council (SATUCC), is promoting country-level studies in the region.
In delivering this mandate, LEDRIZ and ANSA commissioned 14 papers during the second half of 2008, which provided the basis for the chapters of this book. The research team was guided by two policy editors drawn from the Board of LEDRIZ, Dr. Elizabeth Marunda and Cde. Wellington Chibebe (also Secretary General of ZCTU), while the technical editorial team comprising Dr. Godfrey Kanyenze (LEDRIZ Director), Timothy Kondo (ANSA Programme Coordinator), Prosper Chitambara (LEDRIZ Senior Economist) and Jos Martens (ANSA Associate) guided the research work. Following the production of the first drafts, the papers were presented to the General Council of the ZCTU at a workshop held in August 2009, where detailed comments were provided. The updated papers were further scrutinized at the annual retreat of the LEDRIZ Board and staff, attended also by the Executive Council of the ZCTU and its heads of departments as well as staff from ANSA in December 2009.
The analysis in this book is informed by the understanding that most African economies are characterized by the existence of two radically different parts; a modern or formal segment employing a small proportion of the labour force, and a traditional or non-formal segment employing the bulk of the labour force. This feature is a product of colonial capitalism that captured a small segment of the economy, the formal sector, leaving the bulk of the economy (non-formal segment) under pre-capitalist modes of production. It also reflects the failure of post-independence policies to deal with this structural deformity such that by 2004, instead of the formalization of the economy, four out of every five jobs were informalized, with the decent work deficits that this implies. As such, this disarticulate structure of the economy implies that the formal sector has a growth momentum of its own, and relates to the non-formal segment in a manner that marginalizes and impoverishes the latter, resulting in uneven development – indeed an enclave economy. This structural distortion implies that even in the presence of growth, the economy is unable to absorb the vast numbers of the un- and under-employed into the mainstream economy.
The solution should therefore be steeped in the adoption of people-driven policies that redress this enclave and dual structure to achieve inclusive growth and human development. Reconstituting the state, and transforming it into a democratic, accountable developmental state, is therefore a critical component of the recovery process. As is now the emerging consensus, for development policies to be sustainable, they should be formulated with broad-based stakeholder participation to engender national ownership. It is for such reasons that the book recommends the rationalization of the various fora for social dialogue to create one legislated national stakeholder consultative body. This book therefore represents our desire for such an inclusive, participatory approach and represents our input into the recovery and development of Zimbabwe ‘Beyond the Enclave’ to secure pro-poor, inclusive (shared) growth and development.
Distinguished and Esteemed Guests of Honour, during the course of the production of this book, several people and organizations played some role from its genesis to completion. Firstly, we would like to thank the General Council of the ZCTU, which made the decision to update the ‘Beyond ESAP’ book and provided the impetus for the project.
Special thanks go to the writers of the individual papers, which formed the basis of the chapters of the book, who worked tirelessly to get the papers to an acceptable level of quality. These writers are as follows: Dr. Godfrey Kanyenze [Chapters 1, 7, 8 and 13]; Prosper Chitambara [Chapter 2]; Dr. Prosper Matondi [Chapter 3]; Best Doroh [Chapter 4]; David Matyanga [Chapter 5]; Tsitsi Mariwo-Mbanje and Naome Chakanya [Chapter 6]; Dr. Henry Chikova [Chapter 9]; Benson Zwizwai [Chapter 10]; Dr. Medicine Masiiwa and Rongai Chizema [Chapter 11]; Dr. Joseph Muzulu and Simbarashe Mashonganyika [Chapter 12].
The conceptual framework that informs the book owes a lot to the work of the late Professor Guy C.Z. Mhone, who developed and applied the notion of enclave growth to the economies of Africa. May this book be a celebration of his life and enduring work.
We are especially indebted to Roger Stringer of TextPertise, who meticulously edited the book for publication. The book benefited from his extensive experience and expertise. Furthermore, the project owes a huge debt of gratitude to our cooperating partners, whose financial support made this book possible. ANSA supported the work from inception, while the Royal Danish Embassy and AusAID generously funded the project. The other cooperating partners who provide institutional support to LEDRIZ, namely, FNV-Mondiaal, SASK-Finland, FOS-Belgium, Steelworkers Humanity Fund of Canada, Solidarity Centre and Rosa Luxembourg Foundation enabled LEDRIZ staff to work on the project, for which we are grateful. Finally, we would like to thank our publishers, Weaver Press for the unwavering support and commitment throughout the process of producing this book. We appreciate your commitment to excellence.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to officially present the book to the three principals of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), who are the Esteemed Guests of Honour at this launch today so that they can become the advocates of the ideas contained therein, to which you bear witness today. They can make remarks upon receiving the book as a sign that they have tied themselves to the mast of pro-poor and inclusive growth and humane development.