The government has spent $464million in road rehabilitation programmes this year as it tries to spur economic and social development through construction of road networks across the country.
Government has been doing major roads maintenance and construction on Harare-Masvingo- Beitbridge, Harare- Mutare, Harare- Gweru-Bulawayo and Bulawayo-Beitbridge highways that are at the centre of the economy either in moving goods across the country or from outside.
Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli said: “Road infrastructure is arguably the most important of all our public assets as it contributes to the economic growth and development whilst providing access to economic opportunities, employment, healthy and education services as a party of our strategy to fight poverty.”
He added that well-connected road network was good for both business and balanced growth, as it stimulates social and economic development by enabling entrepreneurs to access previously inaccessible areas.
“Investments in a well-connected road network is both good for business and balanced development in the country. It opens up previously inaccessible areas while also crowding in private sector investment to our growth points and services centre, thereby stimulating economic and social development for our rural communities,” he said.
Zimbabwe has a poor road network with most areas outside urban centres inaccessible thus driving the cost of transport high and scaring away investment. The major road projects are being funded by the South African Development Bank, Group Five construction company and toll fees from Zinara.
By Success Majaramhepo