"Zimbabwe is not a fragile state, it is one of the most highly developed countries, second after South Africa", he said.
"After SA, I want to know which country has the level of development we see in Zimbabwe?"
According to the Fragile States Index, in 2016 some of the continent's most fragile states included Somalia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Niger, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, and Chad. "Yes we have our problems but certainly we have achieved ... we have our resources, perhaps more resources than the average country in the world", he said.
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"Well, I think the president answered that very well in the discussion because he indicated and said it is the view of others to call it fragile, but as far as he is concerned, he described how Zimbabwe is, and I agree with the president", Zuma was quoted as saying by The Herald. "We are not a poor country".
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A small group of Zimbabweans gathered near the venue of the WEF on Thursday, protesting against Mugabe's presence at the conference. "Zimbabwe's national road and railway infrastructure is dilapidated; our public hospitals are a complete mess in which even the most basic of medicines such as painkillers and drips are hard to come across", he said.
Asked by Anton du Plessis from the Institute for Security Studies if he thought Zimbabwe was in the category of fragile States, Mugabe sagged in his chair and slowly retorted: "That isn't true". About 90 percent of our people are living below $1 per day.
After years of strained relations with the United States and most Western countries, Mugabe could not pass the chance to take potshots at his arch-enemies. Our GDP per capita is the lowest in Southern Africa. Reports by the statistical service show that 48 percent of the population is educated with over 40 percent of graduates unemployed or under-employed. "We are not a poor country", he said.