via VP Mnangagwa leaves for Belarus | The Herald July 18, 2015 by Kudakwashe Bwititi
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa left Harare yesterday for Belarus where he is expected to engage investors from the post-Soviet State. He is accompanied by Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya and senior Government officials. During the week-long visit, he will meet senior government officials and potential investors from Belarus.
The visit is a follow-up to discussions held in February between Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and Belarusian ambassador Mr Andrei Molchan.
The two reaffirmed their countries’ interest to bolster mutually beneficial agreements in a wide range of areas.
They noted positive dynamics of political contacts, increase in bilateral turnout and discussed steps to intensify cooperation between the two countries, especially in agriculture, manufacturing, energy and education.
They agreed to continue the formation of a legal base and institutional framework of bilateral relations.
The Belarusian ambassador also met Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and discussed areas of co-operation. Hwange Colliery Company recently bought mining equipment worth about $18,2 million from BELAZ of Belarus under a PTA Bank loan facility.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in April sent a congratulatory message to President Mugabe on the occasion of Zimbabwe’s 35th independence anniversary.