via French Ambassador hails Zanu govt | The Zimbabwean 7 July 2014 by Clayton Masekesa
The French Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Laurent Delahousse, has praised President Robert Mugabe, saying his government had shown positive signals since it came into power last year.
In an interview on the sidelines of the handover of an automated weather station at the Mutare Fire Brigade today, Delahousse praised Mugabe for making Zimbabwe a safe destination.
For more than 10 years, Zimbabwe has been considered a pariah State due to violence, human rights abuses and poor governance.
“We want to come back to Zimbabwe. We are happy that President Robert Mugabe has tried to initiate a safe and sustainable environment for the investors. That is precisely what the government of Zimbabwe is doing at the moment,” he said.
He said French companies were willing to invest in Zimbabwe.
“We are happy with these signals since the last election, since the inception of the government. We want to help. We want to invest for the duration, for the future,” said Delahousse, adding that his country would fully engage with the Mugabe government by year end.
“The government of Zimbabwe and the government of France are doing something. We are re-uniting our forces and we have been supportive since independence,” Delahousse said.
Mugabe has of late encouraged the international community to direct funding to government instead of non-State agencies as has been the case.
Zimbabwe has been failing for years to access direct funds from the EU and the West owing to strained relations.