The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare hosted an SDGs Progress report Inception Workshop in Harare in preparation for the writing process of the Country’s Progress Report on SDGs. The Workshop looked at data issues with regards to SDG reporting, the approach to be adopted in producing the progress report as well as coordination among stakeholder in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. The workshop which was officiated by the Permanent Secretary in the coordinating Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Mr S. Masanga was attended by various stakeholders drawn from the Government, Civil Society Organizations, Development Partners and the private sector among other stakeholders.
In his opening remarks Mr Masanga highlighted that the Inception workshop for the SDGs Progress Report was crucial in checking progress made to date in the implementation of the 2030 United Nations sustainable development agenda. He underscored the need for Government Ministries and Departments, the Private Sector, Civil Society and Development Partners to ingrain SDGs as part of their daily work and to establish synergies in the implementation and coordination of SDGs.
Mr Munyaradzi Bote from Zimstat had the opportunity to present data on SDGs and data gaps in each sector. He highlighted that currently Zimbabwe could report on 62 percent of social goals, 62 percent of economic goals, 25 percent on environmental goals as well as 39 percent on peace and security goals. This meant that there were still a lot of data gaps on the SDG dashboard which called for stakeholders to up their game in the monitoring and evaluation process.
The Consultant Dr. Prosper Chitambara had an opportunity to outline the structure of the report and to map the way forward in the drafting of the inception report. The stakeholders also had an intensive discussion on the way forward and it was stressed that consultations with all stakeholders was very crucial.