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Mr Speaker Sir. yet the country has people with that capacity who should take the lead in negotiating these deals./ Revelations of the capacity gaps that exist in the African continent. This has mainly been due to lack of integration and sincerity among African countries on speaking with one voice and acting on one position because powerful countries have used their purse to divide and rule through funding national budgets of some of the countries in the region. The paradox that has begged answers for years has been why are African people poor yet so rich in resources? Answers have been given and solutions with Western parentage proffered which has resulted in the continent remaining poor while its finite resources continue to be depleted. 2016 Shingirai Huni <http://www. despite being endowed with all precious natural resources that some countries outside Africa have used to develop their economies. However. the endorsement of Agenda 2063 by African leaders presents a big test for the continent to prove if the spirit that united them to fight for political independence will prove itself again in their fight .co.herald.zw/author/shingirai/> Dr Maruping *Lloyd Gumbo Mr Speaker Sir* /One of the major problems in Zimbabwe is that people without the required capacity have been given authority to negotiate mega-deals with investors. a lot of questions have been asked over the years about how the African continent has remained under developed.Exploring importance of capacity building May 6. indicates a serious problem that the continent is facing. with about 8 million engineers needed by 2023 for the countries in the region to meet targets of the first 10 years of Agenda 2063 following its inception in 2013.

But even more worrying are revelations by the African Capacity Building Foundation in its study that Africa would need to produce about 8 million engineers by 2023 if efforts towards meeting the first 10 years of Agenda 2063 are anything to go-by. Right from Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko. The last thing the continent would want to see is for countries outside Africa to come here and prescribe how the region should industrialise. Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie gave clear benchmarks of how the continent was to meet the Agenda 2063 goals for the first 10 years until 2023. they underscored the need for Africa to build its capacity so that its citizens can proffer and implement solutions to the continent’s problems. ACBF executive secretary. and a projected number of 8 295 163 engineers to aim for by 2023.for economic independence. At the just-ended ACBF 25th anniversary that was held alongside the Capacity Development Forum in Harare. the continent should aim for 3 152 025 by 2023. and a projected number of 1 886 820 to aim for by 2023. “In terms of agriculture scientists and researchers. Mr Speaker Sir. as such it should be prioritised by African countries. Africa has a current estimated gap of 2 827 703 water and sanitation engineers. this has remained a major challenge for the continent. “As a continent. . while the continent has made its number one priority to industrialise. As was aptly described by Prof Nnadozie that capacity is the missing link in the development of Africa. it goes without saying that capacity building is about improving effectiveness.” said Prof Nnadozie. This therefore goes to show that African countries need to move with speed in addressing these capacity gaps if the continent is to be transformed. the message from all eminent people who spoke was that there is a huge capacity gap in the continent. lack of capacity presents a big mountain to climb. Mr Speaker Sir. “Africa has a current projected gap of 7 441 648 engineers. Africa has a current projected gap of 1 611 042.

yet the country has people with that capacity who should take the lead in negotiating these deals. For instance. Mr Speaker Sir. exporting them and externalising funds back to their countries. Officials in the Office of the President and Cabinet and other arms of economic intelligence are at the Government’s disposal. Dr Anthony Mothae Maruping for the continent to develop its human capital cannot be over- emphasised. some of them without capacity. commissioner for Economic Affairs. a lot still needs to be done considering that capacity is central for organisations and countries to know where they ought to be done as they navigate through several challenges. Yet when the deals were sealed they were considered the best given that all investors got into joint ventures with Government’s mining arm-Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. running a one-man show and disregarding some of the technocrats in ministries. Dr Maruping cites several deals that African countries have entered with investors from outside the continent that see investors extracting resources. Line ministries take centre-stage with ministers. But it has taken almost 10 years for the country to discover that pilferage still occurred despite putting security measures in place. . they get into raw deals that cost the country a lot of money. One of the major problems in Zimbabwe is that people without the required capacity have been given authority to negotiate mega-deals with investors. There is a lot of noise today in Zimbabwe where authorities are crying that the country got a raw deal from the diamond mining activities that happened in Chiadzwa for almost 10 years. yet sometimes they are sidelined when these huge deals are struck only to discover loopholes when the damage would have already been done. At the end of the day. this is where capacity building becomes vital and calls by African Union Commission.While Zimbabwe has unambiguously demonstrated its support to capacity building through various initiatives such as establishment of institutions of higher learning throughout the country.

particularly in the extractive sector. it is important that Government put in place a well-structured organisation with qualified personnel of high integrity to superintend over any big deals that the country enters.Mr Speaker Sir. .