Zimbabwe in contact with Swiss govt

via Zimbabwe establishes direct contact with Swiss govt. NEWSDAY 17 June 2014 by Tarisai Mandizha

June 17, 2014 in Business

GOVERNMENT has established direct contact with the Swiss government through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring development assistance to Zimbabwe, a government official has said.

Tarisai Mandizha
Business Reporter

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said: “The idea of this negotiation is to conclude a MOU basically to commit ourselves to direct contact and provision of development assistance and they are committed to travel that path.

“As you know, our aid co-ordination architecture also entails development assistance being provided through a vote of credit and this is to ensure that aid goes to the purpose of which it is provided and that there is transparency in the use of that aid and also to satisfy the taxpayers from whose pocket that development assistance is coming from. This is also to ensure and enhance accountability and avoid any duplication of efforts in terms of projects or development assistance.”

He said the Swiss government was currently providing development assistance in the areas of health and agriculture and last year a Swiss delegation was in Zimbabwe to visit some of their development projects.

“We hope to conclude the MoU on the basis of the Paris Declaration with the essential elements to encourage direct contact between a development partner and a recipient country such as we are, as well as support the building of institutional capacity to handle any development assistance that may be provided to us.
Basically, it encourages transparency, accountability and minimises duplication of aid efforts,” he said.



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    Kabunga 8 years ago

    Zimbabwe doesn’t need to be a recipient country. Stop looting, return what zanu pf has already put into the Swiss bank accounts, put in correct economic policies, stop stealing the land and allow proper farming to start again, respect basic human rights and we’ll be the bread basket of Africa again!!

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    Gomogranny 8 years ago

    ZANU PF economic policy equals: Number One = steal from the white people living IN Zimbabwe and BEG from the ones living OUTSIDE Zimbabwe. Number Two = Oh, there IS no number two…

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    I hope the people of Zimbabwe understand the debt this government has created that tier offspring will be paying for over the next few hundred years. These people thing its all for free so they take and take with no intention of repaying in their lifetime.

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    Petal 8 years ago

    The people who should ask the swiss government for looted money are the opposition, civil society and ZHR Lawyers.
    Someone needs to meet with the swiss ambasador about looted money

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    zanupf fear me 8 years ago

    Someone has a heavy agenda in sexing up a non event !!!!! Smacks of real desparatio

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    JOHNSON 8 years ago

    Will the Swiss govt fund our budget. They must stop treating us like a basket case. These people are fueling poverty by propping up illegitimacy

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    yeh right, promoting more transparency and accountability!!! just wanting to protect the funds that are stashed there and hoping the funds are not repatriated to the new govt.

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    Mandevu 8 years ago

    Interesting that the South African Nats also made contact with Switzerland just before they collapsed in a heap.

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    Mandevu 8 years ago

    Yeh, and the development assistance provided to the South African Nats ended up in the pockets of a few ministers at that time. Funny how things never seem to change