via Chinamasa on investments | The Herald November 15, 2013 by Farirai Machivenyika
FINANCE Minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday urged Western countries to set aside their political differences with Zimbabwe and take advantage of the investment opportunities in the country to promote mutual economic development. Minister Chinamasa said this while briefing diplomats from Western countries on Government’s economic blueprint the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation that would be implented over the next five years.
The meeting was also attended by Information, Media, and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo and Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.
“This Zim Asset document is saying not withstanding our political differences, Zimbabwe stands ready to allow our economies to talk to each other.
“We want economies to talk to each other not withstanding our political differences which may take time. We, of course, are appealing and we hope the lifting of sanctions will be sooner rather than later.
“But before the lifting sanctions, let’s start the groundwork for economies to talk to each other, business people to talk to each other, economic relations be established.
“It is in our mutual interest, though it may appear now that it is Zimbabwe interests we are advancing but when we have economic relations it will be to our mutual advantage. Trading is a mutual thing, both countries benefit so is investment.
“The investor is coming here to make money again to our mutual benefit.