President Robert Mugabe said that Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa, after South Africa
President Mugabe who made the claim during a panel discussion on fragile states at the World Economic Forum on Africa in South Africa’s coastal city of Durban, denies that Zimbabwe is a fragile state.
Zimbabwe, according to him have over 14 universities and literacy rate is over 90 percent – the highest in Africa,
He also contended that Zimbabwe have more resources, perhaps more than the average country in the world.
Zimbabwe, he emphasized is not a poor country, but acknowledged that it has problems.
He said, “Zimbabwe is one of the most highly developed countries in Africa, and after South Africa, I want to know which country has that level of development that you see in Zimbabwe. We have got universities, our literacy rate is over 90% and is the highest in Africa. Don’t talk of us as a fragile state from an economic point of view. Yes, we have our problems, but we have achieved a lot.
“We have resources, perhaps more resources than the average country in the world, gold, diamonds, chrome, coal, et cetera. We’re utilising that, and our agriculture is very powerful.”
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The country has been struggling to pay its civil servants recently and is ranked 24th on the UNDP’s Human Development Index for Africa
Zimbabwe has faced a severe cash shortage since last year and has introduced so-called bond notes as a substitute for the US Dollar, the main currency people use.