President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has caused a furore across Africa. Mugabe stated at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, South Africa that his country is the “most highly developed country in Africa” after South Africa, even ahead of Nigeria and Egypt.
“After South Africa, I want to see what country has the level of development that you see in Zimbabwe.”
“We have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] – is the highest in Africa.
“Yes, we have our problems… but we have resources, perhaps more than the average country in the world, is it gold, diamond, coal… and our agriculture is very viable and this year we will have a bumper harvest,” he said.
Zimbabwe is ranked 24th on the UNDP’s Human Development Index for Africa, and 154th in the world. Nigeria is in 152nd place.