Mugabe's comments at the World Economic Forum (WEF) now taking place in South Africa follows troubling reports of how Zimbabwe is ripping apart with a rapid devaluation of its currency, excruciating poverty and wide unemployment levels.
"You can not even talk about us as a "fragile state" from an economic point of view". "Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa".
Other panelists include, former African Development Bank, President Donald Kaberuka, Oxfam Director Winnie Byanyima, Hollywood actor and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace, Forest Whitaker.
"I would go so far as to say that his mere presence is a symbol of the fragility of our country, and we need to re-invent our brand".
Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said last week that Zimbabwe had met all conditions to clear arrears to the World Bank and African Development Bank, paving the way for possible funding from the International Monetary Fund, which last lent Zimbabwe money in 1999.
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"We have resources, perhaps more resources than the average country in the world, gold, diamonds, chrome, coal, et cetera".
A small group of Zimbabweans gathered near the venue of the WEF on Thursday, protesting against Mugabe's presence at the conference.
"We are not a poor country, can't be a fragile state", Mugabe said, despite thousands of households already coping with food scarcity due to lack of rainfall for two consecutive seasons.
Fragile states can not provide most basic services to their citizens and Zimbabweans have seen this at their hospitals, which at times fail to provide health services with the president and the elite flying to foreign countries to get treatment. About 90 percent of our people are living below $1 per day. We can't be fragile country.
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.
"Roads are killing innocent citizens daily, hospitals are death traps without medication, we do not even have our own currency and the recently introduced bond notes have failed dismally to curb the cash crisis".