Andrew Kunambura 9 March 2018
HARARE – Visiting Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov says top Russian
mining firms are interested in investing in the Zimbabwean diamond
Addressing a press conference soon after meeting with President Emmerson
Mnangagwa in Harare yesterday, Lavrov said three of the companies, Alrosa
– which is one of the biggest diamond mining companies in the world,
Rosgeo and Uralkali had told him to express interest in the Zimbabwean
gemstones to authorities here.
He said this was in addition to the much hyped Darwandale platinum mining
deal signed in 2015.
During the meeting, Russian and Zimbabwean governments signed three
Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) which seek to enhance economic
corporation between the two countries.
The MoUs were in the fields of agriculture, mining and industry.
“We laid particular emphasis on the implementation of the joint venture of
exploring the Darwandale platinum project, one of the largest deposits in
the world which is currently operated by a joint venture between Zimbabwe
“We also had good conversations about the good prospects of corporation in
the diamond industry and we have also informed our friends about the
interest by Russian companies in entering into partnership with our
friends in Zimbabwe,” said Lavrov.
The formidable, globally prominent diplomat said Russia was committed to
investing in Zimbabwe.
“The feeling of mutual sympathy and friendship mean that our people are
very strong and we have a very good political dialogue which is unfolding
in an atmosphere of trust. Our aim is then to elevate our economic ties to
a level which is going to correspond with our political interactions.
“And today during the meeting, we had the president, we had the vice
president, we had ministers; most of them are from the economic growth. We
talked about tasks which we need to pursue to strengthen our economic
ties,” he said.
He added that more areas of economic corporation would be pursued during
the course of this year.
“Indeed today we have seen the signing of a number of MoUs. Professionals
and specialists are going to work through these memorandums and then we
would talk to the leaderships of the two countries. I do not think that
this going to take too much time before a decision is made,” he said.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade minister Sibusiso Moyo said
Lavrov’s visit was symbolic of growing relations with the expansive
country, itself rich in diverse natural resources.