The recovery plan, subtitled "Getting Zimbabwe Moving Again," seeks to "lay the basis of a more transformative mid-term to long-term economic program that will turn Zimbabwe into a progressive developmental state." It contemplates an overhaul of the constitution along with rehabilitation of the agricultural, mining and tourism sectors of the economy.
Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported on the news conference in Harare at which Mr. Mugabe issued his appeal for global assistance.
Independent analyst Farai Mamina told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that it will be very difficult for Harare to convince Western governments to lift targeted sanctions because the rule of law has yet to be restored despite the launch of a national unity government.
Bulawayo-based economist Eric Bloch said the government should lose no time instituting reforms if it is hoping that Western donors will loosen their purses.
For a broader perspective on the quest for an economic turnaround, reporter Patience Rusere turned to economists Nhlanhla Nyathi and John Robertson, both of whom said the economy would not reverse direction soon due to the continued need for restoration of the rule of law and improved governance to boost donor and investor confidence.