The FORUS Party Zimbabwe believes that most challenges affecting the broader economy are clearly evident in Zimbabwe’s tourism industry.
Power, fuel and water shortages are among the factors that currently deter potential travellers to the country. Visitors without access to local currency or e-payment systems have difficulties in paying for goods and services.
Restaurants and hotels are dependent on generators, and food supplies may be limited. Overly complex or unduly burdensome licensing requirements may also act as an impediment to business.
FORUS government shall communicate its strategy clearly, so that ordinary Zimbabweans understand the need for change and feel like they have a stake in the reform process.
The statistical and technocratic approach shall always be complemented by lived realities, real-world perspectives on how specific policies affect the lives of ordinary people. FORUS party vision and conviction shall be strengthened by ‘real people, real numbers and lived realities’ approach which is vital.
Linked to this, changing perceptions of doing business in Zimbabwe, in order to attract the investment that the country sorely needs, will be contingent on effective policy change that fosters a more conducive business environment, backed up by case studies of successful regional or international investment.
FORUS government shall establish a national economic commission, with a remit to forge a broad-based consensus on long-term economic policy.
To ensure that the citizens who represent the future of Zimbabwe have a voice in their economic future, the policymaking would also benefit from a National Youth Strategy and the updated National Diaspora strategy, with much wider consultation and inputs from the diaspora