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Over the last decade Zimbabwe’s economy has been unstable; its recovery from a sustained period of contraction is weak.

Zimbabwe was once one of the most productive economies in Africa, and a return to a strong and consistent level of economic growth is crucial.

The stability of the global economic infrastructure is another key driver of change in the public sector as the country has for some time relied heavily on external financial support.

Impact on professionals

Economic woes and a growing population means that Zimbabwe's public sector financial professionals face a challenging set of circumstances. As a starting point, they need the skills to meet the challenges and maximise the opportunities presented in the sector.

There are a number of key priorities, starting with greater adoption of IPSAS and greater opportunities for up-skilling in key management accounting capabilities that will help drive the efficiency and effectiveness of public services.