Zim moves to mend relations

via Zim moves to mend relations – NewsDay Zimbabwe 3 November 2014 by Victoria Mtomba

ZIMBABWE is taking positive steps in addressing economic challenges by mending relations with key institutions and blocs.

This has seen visits into the country by delegations from the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) lifting trade and aid embargo on Zimbabwe.

Prior to that, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
had agreed to a supervised economic reform plan, the Staff Monitored Programme (SMP) on Zimbabwe.

Last week, Zimbabwe received a five-member British trade delegation on a scouting mission after 20 years of non-engagement between the country and its former colonial master.

The delegation was in the country to see how it could help Zimbabwe by funding some of the clusters under the economic blueprint, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) clusters that include infrastructure, power, food security and value addition.

ZimAsset requires a funding of $27 billion.

Chinamasa told the British delegation that Zimbabwe should create a conducive environment to lure investors.

“It’s not an event, it’s a process. I am very optimistic that we are going to make it. Our problems are not insurmountable. When we wake up, we will be like a sleeping giant,” Chinamasa said.
EU head of delegation ambassador Phillipe Van Damme said the removal of appropriate measures by the bloc was a step in the right direction.

“It is a very important step, things will not change overnight. We have to find confidence-building measures and complete normalisation of relations,” he said.

At a Press conference in the capital recently, IMF Africa director Antoinette Sayeh said the economic conditions remained difficult and there was need to build confidence in the financial services sector as well as enhancing the business environment.

Sayeh said the country’s future was bright as long as it followed measures under the SMP and investigated whether there were no ghost workers on the payroll.

Since the beginning of the year, the government has engaged with prospective investors from China, Russia, Europe and other countries.

Investors from China and Russia signed deals with the government.
Chinamasa visited China three times this year in a bid to revive relations after the country has been receiving funds from China and failing to repay them.

The Russians signed $3 billion worth of platinum projects with the government.

This year has really been a hype of activity for Zimbabwe.

COMMENTS

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    How many people are goin to be employed by these developments

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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    Are these episodes of sudden change meant to mean that Zanu are the victors or saviours of our suffering? Were it not for the MDC this wouldnot have happened. MDC you are the real champions.

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    ntaba 8 years ago

    Probably all complete hogwash. Can you ever see Zanu mending relations with its people? The issues raised are due to the way Zanu has treated its people – not the rest of the world. The thinking is back to front – and why should the rest of the world be more important than the citizens of the country?

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    revenger-avenger 8 years ago

    Nice dream

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    Mandevu 8 years ago

    We will never forgive ZPF for what they have done to us. Too late to try and mend – just go quietly and lets start afresh with a democratic state that really wants to work for the people of this nation