Zim facing a mammoth task to achieve SDGs

By Nyasha N Mukapiko.
Zimbabwe is facing a mammoth after joining other nations in the adoptionSustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this year which will come to an end in 2030. This arduous task comes at a time after failure to archive Medium Development Goals(MDGs) which ended in December last year.
It’s no secret that Zimbabwe is caught between a hard place and hard rock to finance the SDGs as clearly witnessed by its crumbling economy with majority of its citizens living on less than $1,25 per day.
The MDGs which were adopted in the year 2000-2015 were only eight compared to the seventeen SDGs.
Permanent Secretary in the in the ministry of Macro-Economic Planning and investment promotion Dr Desire Sibanda revealed that only three goals were partly achieved out of the eight on Tuesday while submitting oral evidence on the countries position on SDGsbefore the parliamentary committee on MDGs at parliament building.
The three MDGs which were partly achieved includeG2Achieve universal primary education, G3 Promote gender equality and empower women, and G6 Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. G1 was however missed despite being listed as one of the prioritised goals.
Perm secSibanda blamed sanctions imposed on the country as was one of thehindrances to achieve breakthrough during MDGs era.
Government said it will implement all the seventeen SDGs but focus and prioritisation will only be given to ten goals with funding to be realised domestically.
During a review of the MDGs last year a representative from Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) said the unsuccessful story of MDGs was triggered by lack of enough of publicity and engagement especially with grassroots communities.
Dr Sibanda hinted that his ministry was going to use all media platforms to make sure that information is disseminated in all the ten provinces around the country.
Perm sec Sibanda revealed that government was in the process of realigning the newly adopted SDGs with a failed Zanu-PF blueprint called Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset).
Observers have castigated government for trying to seek relevance by associating ZimAsset with the global set goals.
ZimAsset, a five year plan, that was adopted in 2013 is a Zanu-PF blueprint formulated to address the ills of the economy but up to date nothing fruitful has come out. Economist described it as an ambitious blueprint requiring US$27billion funding from a country with an annual budget of US$4billion.
China pledged US$63billion to help Africa finance the global set goals.

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