For almost four decades, Zimbabwe's economy has been on a downward trend. Several economic policies have been adopted in an effort to mend the ailing economy, to no avail. According to the World Bank (2005), for public policies to be effectively implemented, political and economic fundamentals should balance. However, the politics of Zimbabwe continues to negatively impact on economic recovery and integration with regional and international trade networks. The net effect of this public policy imbalance is the ballooning of the national debt, skyrocketing of national inflation and pathetic positioning of the country on the human development index. The current government's 'Zimbabwe is now open for business' mantra is failing to turn the country's economic fortunes. It is against this backdrop that this qualitative research paper interrogated through desk research, the main challenges curtailing Zimbabwe's complete re-engagement with international economic communities so as to proffer recommendations for successful economic re-engagement.