Zimbabwe says western sanctions compromise capacity to achieve SDGs

By Almot Maqolo

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday said the country is facing humanitarian challenges which have been worsened by the western sanctions, negative impact of climate change and outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Zimbabwe has faced western sanctions since the early 2000s.

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly via video from Harare, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe is on a new path despite the illegal sanctions. Zimbabwe continues to record notable achievements, he said, towards sustainable development which leaves no one behind.

He said the macro-economic stabilization reforms have resulted in the reduction of budget deficit to a single digit as well as a positive balance of current account, coupled with foreign exchange rate and price stability. The UN secretary general, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Mnangagwa said, all acknowledged the deleterious effects of the illegal economic sanctions on the country.

“These are a breach of international law and compromise Zimbabwe’s capacity to implement and achieve Sustainable Development especially SDGs 2, 3, 8, 9, and 17. “We, therefore, call on the General Assembly to strongly pronounce itself against these unilateral illegal sanctions,” he said.

Over and above instituting phased lockdowns, following the World Health Organization guidelines, the southern African nation has also provided ZWL$18 billion (approximately US$720 million) economic stimulus package.

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