The Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio- Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET) embodies the country's economic blueprint for the five year period from 2013 to 2017.
Accordingly, ZIMASSET sets out the Government's plan towards accelerating Zimbabwe's economic growth and bringing the country back on a firm path of prosperity.
One of the most important clusters targeted towards reviving the country's economy is undoubtedly that of Infrastructure and Utilities, wherein it is acknowledged that " ln order for the Zimbabwean economy to register growth in a manner that is both competitive and ffictive, there is need for the country to undertake work in critical areas such as the development of a robust, elaborate and resilient infrastructure " (ZIMASSET 2013:77)
The Infrastructure cluster is focused on the rehabilitation of infrastructural assets and the recovery of utility services in Zimbabwe. One of the sector's key outcomes is an improved road, rail and air network. Pursuant to this, Government through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, commendably commenced work on rehabilitation of the Victoria Falls Airport, the Harare Airport Road and the Plumtree-Bulawayo- Harare- Mutare Highway, among others. Cognizant of the fact that sustainable economic development is rooted in investment in infrastructure, and as part of its oversight function, the Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructure Development conducted a familiarization tour of Victoria Falls and Harare Airports as well as the Plumtree to Mutare and Bulawayo to Harare Highway projects from 1 to 4 June 2015.
The purpose of the 4 day visit was to enable Members to review the progress made and assess the quality of work done on the Victoria Falls Airport, Harare Airport Road and
the Plumtree-Harare-Mutare Highway. The Committee also took the opportunity to meet with local authorities of towns and cities located along the two highways to gain an appreciation of whether or not there had been any tangible downstream effects on the respective towns and cities, arising from the highway rehabilitation projects.
In order to ensure optimal use of resources without compromising the Committee's oversight function, on the first day the whole Committee had an opportunity to view the Victoria Falls Airport Road. From the second to the fourth day, the Committee split into two groups with one going to Mutare and the other one to Plumtree. A consolidated synopsis of the site visits and the Committee's findings is outlined below.