Pres­i­dent re­turns from E Guinea

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Kuda Bwititi re­cently in MAL­ABO, Equa­to­rial Guinea

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe re­turned home yes­ter­day from Equa­to­rial Guinea where he was among sev­eral Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment that at­tended the 4th AfricaArab sum­mit.

The Pres­i­dent who was ac­com­pa­nied by the First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe, was re­ceived at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Vice Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, Cab­i­net Min­is­ters, se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and ser­vice chiefs.

Themed: “To­gether for a Sus­tain­able Economic De­vel­op­ment”, the high-pro­file sum­mit saw the adop­tion of three main doc­u­ments - the Mal­abo dec­la­ra­tion; sup­port to the state of Pales­tine; and, ac­tion plan for the three-year pe­riod lead­ing to the next sum­mit to be held in 2019.

Dur­ing the sum­mit, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe de­liv­ered yet an­other thought-pro­vok­ing speech on the in­ter­na­tional arena when he said the union be­tween Africa and Arab na­tions had po­ten­tial to trans­form the global economic course and chal­lenge west­ern hege­mony.

He was one of the se­lected Heads of States who ad­dressed the work­ing ses­sion of the sum­mit on Wed­nes­day.

Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment from Africa and Arab na­tions, also di­rected Min­is­ters of For­eign Af­fairs and Finance from the two re­gions to con­vene within the next six months to craft a frame­work that was likely to see Arab States al­lot­ting more fund­ing to African na­tions.

At the third Arab Africa sum­mit held in Kuwait in 2013, Kuwait availed a $3-bil­lion fa­cil­ity for devel­op­men­tal ini­tia­tives for African states.

It is an­tic­i­pated that the new fund­ing for the next three years will be larger as more Arab na­tions are ex­pected to em­u­late Kuwait.

Zim­babwe has ben­e­fited from the Kuwait fund­ing through a $35-mil­lion cit­rus farm­ing project to be es­tab­lished in Mata­bele­land South as well as con­struc­tion of two new hos­pi­tals through the Min­istry of Health and Child Care.

The sum­mit was jointly or­gan­ised by the African Union Com­mis­sion and the League of Arab States with the aim of pro­mot­ing de­vel­op­ment by strength­en­ing trade and in­vest­ment among Gulf and African states.

Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment at the sum­mit also re­solved a po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive sit­u­a­tion when Morocco at­tempted to boy­cott the sum­mit protest­ing the pres­ence of the Sa­harawi Repub­lic be­fore the mat­ter was am­i­ca­bly re­solved.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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