Zimbabwe has officially commissioned an embassy building in the Rwandese capital, Kigali, where the country is represented by Ambassador Charity Manyeruke.
The building was officially opened by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Frederick Shava on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe and Rwanda established full diplomatic relations in October 2019 after consultations between President Mnangagwa and his counterpart Paul Kagame.
“This is a great day for Zimbabwe. It is a great moment in the history of excellent diplomatic relations with the Republic of Rwanda.
“We believe that the establishment of resident embassies is an important step towards the strengthening of the excellent bilateral relations that so happily exist between our two sisterly countries and our peoples.
“I am happy that since our embassies opened their doors in our respective capitals, several milestones have been achieved, all aimed at deepening our relations,” said Ambassador Shava.
He said the Inaugural Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) was successfully hosted virtually by Rwanda from 16 to 18 in March 2021 adding that this was an historic event, a clear indication of the collective commitment to a shared vision, driven by the desire by the two countries to work together for the betterment of their citizens.
“At this inaugural event, six legal instruments were signed and many others covering various sectors were exchanged and are at various stages of finalisation.
“Earlier today, 28 September 2021, another positive milestone was registered and here I am referring to the official opening of the inaugural trade and investment conference.”
“Again, several other legal instruments were signed and I am happy that several companies from Zimbabwe and the Republic of Rwanda are participating,” said Ambassador Shava.
He urged investors from the two countries to take advantage of the trade and investment conference, existing legal frameworks and the excellent political relations between our two countries to exploit the vast investment opportunities readily available in both countries.
“Undoubtedly, the trade between Zimbabwe and Rwanda, which is currently low, is poised to increase with all these positive initiatives.
“Since the inception of the Second Republic in November 2017, the Government of Zimbabwe has embarked on a rigorous investment promotion drive under the mantra “Zimbabwe is Open for Business”.
“Indeed, Zimbabwe is open for business in many sectors and the best time to invest is now. Further, the Government of Zimbabwe established the Zimbabwe Investment Development Authority (ZIDA), a one stop investment services centre.
“I am happy that top leadership of ZIDA is participating at the ongoing Trade and Investment Conference and will have an opportunity to exchange notes with their counterparts at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB),” said Ambassador Shava.
Zimbabwe had designated Special Economic Zones, which were both geographical and commodity based as a way of promoting Foreign Direct Investment.
“The country occupies a strategic central location in Southern Africa for regionally targeted investment with the country as the hub for such investments. Our human capital base is very strong, with very high literacy rate.”