8. Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Targets:

  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory, trading and financial system
  2. Address the special needs of the country’s landlocked status.
  3. Deal comprehensively with the debt problem
  4. In cooperation with strategic partners, develop and implement strategies for decent and productive work for all
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to essential drugs
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially those related to information and communication

National Status and Perspectives

Zimbabwe is making progress in addressing the debt overhang (including debt arrears estimated at US$7.1 billion owed to bilateral and multilateral partners), which is key for unlocking development assistance. Although relations with the international community have largely stabilised, these remain crucial to engaging more effectively with donor countries in order to encourage the return of investment and aid.

The overall availability of critical medicines at public health institutions has improved significantly in the past four years, but access to affordable important medicines on a sustainable basis remains a challenge and the country relies heavily on donor supplies.

Tele-density in Zimbabwe continues to improve and is currently estimated at 90%, up from 68% in 2011. Internet penetration rate was 15% in 2011, and is now 20%, well above the regional average of 11%.