5 December 2018
HARARE – Decision-making in any governance structure is key for economic
recovery and proper economic projections.
An advisory council is crucial because it keeps government in check before
key decisions are made. I would suggest this council must comprise
academics, policy makers, opinion leaders, politicians, the business
community, students and legal practitioners, among others, who have a
track record in various fields.
It is important to have a strong advisory council which takes informed
decisions based on what is on the ground.
The idea to have a 2030 economic agenda which is famously known as “middle
class economy” can only be achieved if there is an advisory council in
Historically, our economy has gone through many rough phases with many
blue prints which never came to pass mainly because no implementation took
place due to many inconsistencies and imbalances which were further
propagated by socio-political decisions.
The said council advises the chief executive or head of State on matters
relating to his duties and by dissemination of information to various
government departments on key economic decisions.
The advisory council will play a critical role mainly on planning, coming
up with proper legal and economic frameworks which can be recommended to
Parliament and the Executive for implementation and policy formulation.
Short and long-term planning is key for economic growth and to enhance
Annual and quarterly review of mid-term policies and other economic and
development targets would be vital and put in place.
We cannot have an economy operating without setting targets and reviews.
We now have the unpopular 2 percent tax, it would be proper for the
advisory council to have a review and see whether the policy was an
achievement or it did not work out.
I would suggest that before major decisions are made, it is important to
have such a council in place and have a look at some of the decisions.
We might end up mortgaging our countries to foreigners such as the Chinese
if these so-called mega deals are not properly checked.
Whatever deals are signed, do they have any economic gain for our country
and people at large?
The nature of the deals and contents should be disclosed and allow the
public to have a public scrutiny before implementation and signatures.
We have so many government projects on the cards stretching from
construction, civil aviation, mining, roads rehabilitation, infrastructure
tourism and my question would then be, how is the government going to
monitor all these programmes at once?
It would be advisable to also have quarterly and mid-term reviews of all
projects signed by the government so that we can have a proper assessment
as far as our economic stance is concerned.
Are we safe as a nation when mega deals are signed? Are there any legal,
economic and political implications on the major contents of those deals?
Government’s challenge is to become more effective on every economic and
political aspect of any given project.
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E) system can assist the public
sector in evaluating its performance and identifying the factors which
contribute to its service delivery outcomes.
The M and E strategy is uniquely-oriented towards providing its users with
the ability to draw causal connections between the programmes designed for
the government such as roads, construction, civil aviation projects etc
between the choice of policy priorities, the resourcing of those policy
objectives the programmes designed to implement them, the services
actually delivered and their ultimate impact on communities.
It is important to have the “special advisor role” enacted into law. It
must become an act of Parliament, because it constitutes executive role
mainly on Cabinet deliberations and special technical advice on
implementation and formulation of key decisions made by the executive and
Muzamhindo is studying for a Doctor of Philosophy at the Women’s
University in Africa. He writes in his own capacity as an academic and
development practitioner and can be contacted on email@example.com