Advisory council key for economic recovery

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 place.

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 development.

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 development, agriculture,
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 presidium.

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 tinamuzala@gmail.com


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