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"It's not an event, but a process." That is how President Emmerson Mnangagwa views his plan to turn Zimbabwe into a middle-income nation in 12 years. If successful, Mnangagwa would put Zimbabwe on par with the 25 countries in Africa that are recognised as middle-income nations by the World Bank. They include Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and Rwanda. (South Africa is classed as upper-middle income.) A turnaround of Zimbabwe's economic fortunes in just over a decade would be a remarkable achievement for Mnangagwa, given that under former leader Robert Mugabe the economy was ruined and the country has been in isolation for close to 20 years. In an exclusive interview with Business Times at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe had to play "catch-up" with fellow Southern African Development Community member states and was "very much behind" as it attempts to find its place in a global economy that has changed greatly in the past two decades. "It's no longer business as us...

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