For first time in over 15 years, Mugabe openly asked for Western re-engagement in the ailing Zimbabwe economy in his State of the Nation address.
With high unemployment and an unstable economy, some Zimbabwean women turn to prostitution to make a living for themselves and their families.
It wants the reform of key Zimbabwean parastatals to ensure its loans don't 'leak' because of graft.
According to the International Monetary Fund the government of President Robert Mugabe is deep in arrears and out of sorts.
Tensions over who will succeed the president are deterring investment.
There are fears the Zimbabwean government is selling off the country's mineral resources for a song.
It is seriously damaging local industry but it is making a great deal of money for the government.
Zimbabwe's crumbling industry sector has allowed investors to scoop up struggling companies.
Despite all the fanfare, the Asian giant is not the easy touch the Zimbabwean despot once knew.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has returned from China with optimistic reports on plans to work together on energy, infrastructure and transport.
President Robert Mugabe will allow Beijing to bypass state tenders for big projects in return for funding from the Chinese government.
The country is divided over its isolated position and cannot attract the investment it needs.
Low-cost airline Fly Africa opens one route in September and looks into more, which may upset Air Zimbabwe's popular Harare-Bulawayo route.
For Zimbabwe, the re-opening of the fast-food outlet is a good sign.
Bulawayo turns 120 this year but the city has little to celebrate after its once-thriving economic sector has all but crumbled.
Officials are not in agreement on plans to mortgage the country's minerals to China.
The emergence of hate language betrays the party's historical means of silencing dissent.
Despite Zimbabwe's shrinking economy, Allan Gray is upping its stakes in the Zimbabwean sorghum beer and mobile phone markets.
The state's 'climbing up' and 'climbing down' on indigenisation is frustrating economic recovery.