A "fragile" state is a low-income country characterised by weak capacity and/or weak legitimacy leaving citizens vulnerable to both natural and man-made shocks.
Yet he told the forum in Durban: "We are not a poor country and we can't be a fragile country. Yes, we have our problems, but certainly we have achieved", he said. "We are not a poor country".
"We are one for the few African countries without its own currency".
The village spokesman continued: "They finally received our petition and took down our contact details before they promised to get back to us".
This, despite at least four million citizens relying on donor aid for survival as hunger stalks nearly half the population.
Zimbabwe's economy grew just 0.7 percent previous year, and the government has struggled to pay salaries for civil servants.
"It is criminal for officials in government to drag the President to such events knowing fully well he will bring the country into disrepute", Biti said.
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"I went into Nigeria three weeks ago to this region of the North East where Boko Haram has raised havoc since 2009 and now 47 000 people are living in starvation conditions even though it has not been declared and five million are on the brink of starvation". "Zimbabwe is basically a failed little banana republic that can not pay its workers".
The president also believes that Zimbabwe is less fragile than the United States, disagreeing with the view that his country should be called vulnerable.
After Mr Mugabe came to power in 1980, he was widely praised for improving access to education in the country and in the 1990s, it did have among the highest literacy rates in Africa.
And she added: "Let us give others a chance".
"Our leaders say we are rich, they say we are developed, they say we have resources but the people do not see that. You can also call America fragile".
Laughing, Mugabe slowly said: "That isn't true". "We have over 90 percent formal unemployment", he said. The denial of the crisis at this level is astounding, to say the least.
South Africa is, in fact, Number 9 on the United Nations index, far above Zimbabwe.