Zim government told to solve unemployment and cash shortages before calling citizens back

Zim government told to solve unemployment and cash shortages before calling citizens back

- The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) has advised the Zimbabwean government to solve a crippling cash shortage before inviting its citizens abroad to return home

- Zimbabweans have been urged to return home and rebuild the nation under a new dispensation from the government

- The ISS noted that it would premature to invite Zimbabweans back home at present because employment opportunities were still limited

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The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) has advised the Zimbabwean government to solve the country’s crippling cash shortages and sky-high unemployment rate before it invites Zimbabweans living abroad to return home.

Senior ISS researcher, Derek Matyszak, said Zimbabwe was still in need of huge amounts of investments to rebuild its shattered economy and virtually non-existent infrastructure.

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Matyszak commended the Zimbabwean government for opening its markets, but said it would be problematic for the country to attract investments which produced saleable commodities and not just focus on rebuilding infrastructure.

Briefly.co.za gathered that a big problem in this regard was that foreign companies would currently struggle to withdraw money from the country because there was not enough money in the system.

Some companies in Zimbabwe and even certain government departments have taken to paying their employees in cyber money. Ques to withdraw hard currency often stretch for blocks and strict limits are applied to the amounts people can withdraw.

Zimbabwe's consul general Henry Mukonoweshuro told Zimbabweans living overseas recently that they should return to Zimbabwe and help to rebuild the nation under the new dispensation.

Mukonoweshuro urged Zimbabweans living in South Africa to return home to help rebuild and invest in their motherland.

“In the new dispensation, as we called it since last November, the government of Zimbabwe is very proud. We, as the representatives of the government of Zimbabwe are very proud to say as you toil, as you make names in these foreign lands, you should now start looking north of the Limpopo River. As president Mnangagwa always says, his mantra - Zimbabwe is now open for business," said Mukonoweshuro.

Matyszak warned it would be premature for the vast majority of Zimbabweans to return home. He said there were still very few employment opportunities and infrastructure was virtually non-existent as yet.

He warned that people returning home and not finding work would lead to civil unrest.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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