By Abel Karowangoro
The Second Edition of the SADC Anti-Sanctions Solidarity Summit (SASS) commenced today at the Gohori Resort, with the Minister of Information Publicity Broadcasting Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere (MP), outlining the purpose and significance of the event, which aims to promote awareness about the detrimental effects of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and foster regional solidarity in their removal.
Minister Muswere said President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is committed to reversing the sanctions’ impact and restoring Zimbabwe’s economic sovereignty. He cited the President’s engagement and re-engagement policy, which has facilitated increased investment inflows into the country, leading to transformative economic initiatives in various sectors.
The minister also highlighted the growth of the industrial sector under the Second Republic, showcasing the Anti-sanctions Business Expo as evidence of the government’s impact on the livelihoods of the Zimbabwean people. Politically, he praised the President’s efforts to ensure sustainable peace, inclusive dialogue, and democratic principles. He said the President’s administration continues to uphold the rule of law and separation of power, effectively countering anti-land reform regime change agendas.
The Minister urged all Zimbabweans to emulate President Mnangagwa’s work ethic and commitment to national development. He commended the President’s diplomatic efforts in rallying support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the removal of sanctions. As a result, the scope of SASS has expanded to include the business sector, with various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) participating in the event.
Minister Muswere emphasized the importance of media in promoting the government’s initiative to free the airwaves and enable the public to call for the conditional removal of sanctions. He said media players should expose the sabotage caused by illegal sanctions and support the fight against them. He also acknowledged the vital role of higher education institutions and academics in shaping the national development agenda, particularly through innovation hubs and campus radio stations.
The SASS has generated resolutions that will guide the media’s anti-sanctions messaging. As the government continues to license more radio and television stations, it plans to disseminate these resolutions effectively and efficiently, shedding light on the sovereignty dent caused by Western nations’ sanctions.
Minister Muswere emphasized the importance of media in promoting the government’s initiative to free the airwaves and enable the public to call for the conditional removal of sanctions.
The Minister acknowledged the vital role of higher education institutions and academics in shaping the national development agenda, particularly through innovation hubs and campus radio stations.
Minister Muswere called upon all participants to maintain the momentum generated at the summit and work together to advance the cause for the removal of sanctions.
The summit is expected to continue over the next few days, offering a platform for further discussions, exhibitions, and collaborations aimed at garnering support for the removal of sanctions and fostering regional solidarity.