WINDHOEK – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday said his government would not be hindered by sanctions imposed on the country by the United States of America.
In an interview with Namibian media on the sidelines of the SADC Summit, he said the Southern African nation has to find ways to survive.
“If we are going to cry because some capital elsewhere is imposing sanctions, then we will have failed our nation. We must look at the resources which we have and utilise those resources which we have to the maximum, for the benefit of our country,” he said.
He said in the absence of cooperation from the US, Zimbabwe would exploit existing economic relations with emerging countries and groupings, for her benefit.
“We are enjoying support from Sadc and we must cooperate with Sadc in order to move forward. We enjoy support from AU (African Union); again we must exploit that support we get from the continent to succeed.
“We enjoy support from other countries, other than America. America is not the only country in the world.
“There are so many other countries, we have Brazil cooperating in the BRICS, we have China cooperating in the BRICS; we have Russia and South Africa, India and all these countries are cooperating. Why would we cry about the US?” he asked.
President Mnangagwa said his government would implement economic reforms aimed at attracting both foreign and domestic investment.
“Wherever there are restrictions which affect the flow of global capital into our economy, it should be removed,” he said.
Turning to the regional bloc, President Mnangagwa commended the zeal by leaders to integrate SADC countries.
“There is a new crop of leadership in Sadc and I do not see any hesitation , we have been having consultations on the sidelines of the summit and my impression is that every single leader now in SADC is anxious to integrate and I have no doubt that we all mean well.
“I believe that the environment in Sadc is such that we are likely to do better, than in the past in that area of integration in our region because we also feel that we are remaining behind issues of integration if we compare ourselves with the four regions of our continent and we would want to leap frog and move forward together to catch up with them and in fact, overtake them,” he said. – New Ziana