South Africa’s eNCA news has posted a video on Facebook of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe defending his economic record.
He was asked at the World Economic Forum meeting in Durban if Zimbabwe was a fragile state
He said “that is not true” and called Zimbabwe “one of the most highly developed countries in Africa, after South Africa”.
Backing up his case he cited the 90% literacy rates among other achievements.
“I don’t think of us as a fragile state from an economic point of view.
“Yes, we have our problems… but we have resources, perhaps more than the average country… and our agriculture is very viable and this year we will have a bumper harvest”.
In the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index, Zimbabwe is ranked as low, at 154th place in the world.
Neighbouring Botswana is 108th, South Africa is 119th and Algeria is 83rd.