Economic Focus – Zimbabwe

This is how Robert Mugabe ruler of Zimbabwe should start his speech.

Ladies and gentlemen,

No one individual has given more to Zimbabwe.

I gave you 100,000% inflation.

I gave you 80% unemployment.

I gave you international pariah status!

You should re-elect me as president! Vote for me!

Robert Mugabe, has ruin his country in 28 years of irresponsible and corrupted rule. With inflation running at an eye popping 100,000%, most of the economy is now informal (black markets).

His major mistake would be the expulsion of white farmers that crippled the entire economy. Should Mugabe fail to be re-elected, his successors face a tough job of reforming. However, most white farmers, though sorely needed is likely never to return.

Facts – Zimbabwe

  • Full name: Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Population: 13.3 million (UN, 2007)
  • Capital: Harare
  • Area: 390,759 sq km (150,873 sq miles)
  • Major language: English (official), Shona, Sindebele
  • Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
  • Life expectancy: 44 years (men), 43 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Zimbabwe dollar = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Tobacco, cotton, agricultural products, gold, minerals
  • GNI per capita: US $340 (World Bank, 2006)
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