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Zimbabwe Infrastructure Report 2019

Zimbabwe has faced headwinds over the last decade resulting in a collapse of the economy. However, following the political transition of November 2017, the new government requested the African Development Bank to update the 2011 Zimbabwe Infrastructure Flagship Report , to aid in investment planning as part of the vision 2030. The government also requested the Bank to prepare an urgent economic report, to assist and advice on re-engagement with the international community, launched in November 2019 . All these requests were to aid in the Joint Needs Assessment coordinated by the Bank, the United Nations and the World Bank. The Bank accepted these requests, cognizant of the fact that policy actions and, in particular, investment in infrastructure have important roles to play in the development of continental trade and in promoting economic linkages within Africa. This Report serves four purposes by providing: (i) the Government with a master plan for rehabilitation of infrastructure assets and recovery in infrastructure services in Zimbabwe within the context of vision 2030; (ii) a game plan for re-engagement with the international community in the field of infrastructure in the event that the Government moves ahead with arrears clearance in 2019; (iii) a platform from which a strategy for possible AfDB and other donor operations in Zimbabwe can be drawn up; and (iv) as part of the Joint Needs Assessment including costing of the infrastructure sectors. The focus of this Report is on the services associated with transport, electric power, information and communication technologies (ICT), and water and sanitation in Zimbabwe. The Report provides a detailed assessment of the current status of the infrastructure and services in these four sectors in the country and their role within the Southern Africa region. It sets achievable objectives for Zimbabwe’s infrastructure by 2030, and lays out an action programme for achieving these objectives that includes policy and institutional reform, capital expenditure programmes for rehabilitation and new capacity, and increased resource allocations for maintenance of these facilities. It provides options for financing the proposed programme, identifies the specific areas where there is a role for private investment, and discusses improvements in the operating environment that will be required to attract this investment. The Flagship report, due for release on 11 July 2019, has updated all the needs in the infrastructure sector and provides summary requirements to the year 2030. The report projects that the country will need to invest USD 3.3 billion per year to 2030 in order to restore its infrastructure.