Pres­i­dent meets Keny­atta to en­hance eco­nomic ties

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe in Nairobi, Kenya

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe met his Kenyan coun­ter­part Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta on the side­lines of the Sixth Tokyo In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on African De­vel­op­ment that ended in Nairobi, Kenya, yes­ter­day where they dis­cussed var­i­ous ways of en­hanc­ing eco­nomic ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

The ma­jor high­light of the meet­ing was the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Ja­pan’s new de­vel­op­ment pol­icy for Africa that is in line with Zim­babwe’s eco­nomic blue­print, Zim-As­set.

Brief­ing jour­nal­ists af­ter the meet­ing that was held at the Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sim­barashe Mum­bengegwi said Ja­pan was of the view that value ad­di­tion and ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion were crit­i­cal to Africa’s de­vel­op­ment.

Value ad­di­tion and ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion is one of the four clus­ters of Zim-As­set that seeks to trans­form the econ­omy by 2018.

As part of Ja­pan’s mea­sures for TICAD VI, the Asian gi­ant pledged in­vest US$30 bil­lion in Africa un­der pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships.

Said Min­is­ter Mum­bengegwi: “Both lead­ers did ap­pre­ci­ate the change of fo­cus on the part of Ja­pan that in­stead of sim­ply look­ing at aid in the tra­di­tional terms, Ja­pan is now look­ing at the whole ques­tion of in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion and value ad­di­tion and the grad­u­a­tion of African coun­tries from ex­port of raw ma­te­ri­als and un­pro­cessed min­er­als to value added prod­ucts whether agri­cul­ture, whether it be in min­ing.

“Th­ese are ar­eas that both lead­ers took note of and looked for­ward to the next three years to see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this change of fo­cus on the part of Ja­pan.

‘‘I must say, there was a very good meet­ing of minds on all the is­sues that they raised re­lat­ing to re­la­tions be­tween our two coun­tries, what we need to do to im­prove our eco­nomic re­la­tions.

“Our po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions are ex­cel­lent but there was a feel­ing that we need to do more to step up our eco­nomic re­la­tions.”

Among other things, Min­is­ter Mum­bengegwi said, the two Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment dis­cussed is­sues re­lat­ing to ter­ror­ism that was now a global chal­lenge.

He said Pres­i­dent Keny­atta briefed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on the ef­forts they were mak­ing to com­bat ter­ror­ism in East Africa and Kenya in par­tic­u­lar.

“They dis­cussed the is­sue of ter­ror­ism,” said Min­is­ter Mum­bengegwi.

“Pres­i­dent Keny­atta briefed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on the scourge of ter­ror­ism in this part of the world and ef­forts that Kenya and the re­gion are tak­ing to con­tain this scourge that has de­vel­oped, per­son­i­fied by Al Shabab.

“It’s an is­sue that they dis­cussed quite at length and what needs to be done re­gion­ally and con­ti­nen­tally as well as glob­ally.”

On the ref­or­ma­tion of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Min­is­ter Mum­bengegwi said: it be in “In terms of global is­sues, they dis­cussed a num­ber of is­sues, the United Na­tions re­forms and of course the cur­rent sum­mit, how well it is go­ing, Africa and Ja­pan and what the ex­pec­ta­tions of Africa are?

“They re­ally have a close meet­ing of minds. Both lead­ers were very clear that Africa’s po­si­tion re­mains firm as spelt out in the Ezul­wini Con­sen­sus and the said Dec­la­ra­tion. Both lead­ers did in­di­cate their fi rm com­mit­ment to the com­mon Africa po­si­tion. It was a very warm and very friendly ex­change of views over a wide range of is­sues, bi­lat­eral is­sues, re­gional is­sues, con­ti­nen­tal is­sues, global is­sues — it was a very wide-rang­ing dis­cus­sion.”

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe home last night.

He was re­ceived at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port by his two deputies Vice Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, Cab­i­net Min­is­ters, ser­vices chiefs and se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials

The TICAD VI Sum­mit which was co-or­gan­ised by the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan, the United Na­tions Of­fice of the Spe­cial Ad­viser on Africa, the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, the African Union and the World Bank fo­cused on other key ar­eas such as pro­mo­tion of struc­tural eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion through di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, pro­mo­tion of re­silient health sys­tem for qual­ity life and pro­mot­ing so­cial sta­bil­ity for shared pros­per­ity. re­turned

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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