Zim to strengthen wildlife ca­pac­ity

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Abi­gail Ma­wonde Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

EN­VI­RON­MENT, Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira yes­ter­day met Bri­tish For­eign Com­mon­wealth Of­fice Min­is­ter for Africa Mrs Harriet Bald­win in Lon­don.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira is in the United King­dom at­tend­ing the Il­le­gal Wildlife Trade Con­fer­ence.

At the wildlife meet­ing, Zim­babwe will pledge to strengthen ca­pac­ity to deal with wildlife law en­force­ment.

In her meet­ing with Min­is­ter Bald­win, Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said Zim­babwe was en­cour­aged by the im­prov­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Harare and Lon­don.

“I am happy to re­call that when His Ex­cel­lency Pres­i­dent E.D Mnan­gagwa was in­au­gu­rated on 24 Novem­ber, 2017, Min­is­ter of State Mr Rory Ste­wart was the First Spe­cial En­voy to call him,” she said.

“We were even more de­lighted when you vis­ited shortly af­ter as Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Spe­cial En­voy.

“Our own min­is­ters, Honourable P Chi­na­masa and Honourable Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral SB Moyo (Rtd), also made very suc­cess­ful re­turn vis­its to your coun­try. We watched with joy in Harare when your Gov­ern­ment gave our new Am­bas­sador speedy ac­cred­i­ta­tion within 12 days of his ar­rival in Lon­don.”

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said Gov­ern­ment was grate­ful that the CDC and Germ­corp Cap­i­tal LLP had bailed the pri­vate sec­tor in Zim­babwe by avail­ing US$100 mil­lion and US$250 mil­lion, re­spec­tively.

“More re­cently, we were pleased that you once again spared time to meet with His Ex­cel­lency Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa in New York,” she said.

“We are also pleased that our Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Pro­fes­sor Mtuli Ncube met your Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for the DfID Mr Matthew Ry­croft to­gether with other of­fi­cials from Her Majesty’s Trea­sury and from your For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira re­quested as­sis­tance in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of com­mit­ments and ac­tions which have al­ready been made to com­bat il­le­gal wildlife trade.

“Zim­babwe in­tends to of­fi­cially launch (In­ter­na­tional Con­sor­tium for Com­bat­ing Wildlife Crime) ICCWC process at a na­tional level and build ca­pac­ity of the State agen­cies in­volved in the process like cus­toms, po­lice and im­mi­gra­tion, mo­bil­i­sa­tion at na­tional level to cre­ate aware­ness of na­tional obli­ga­tions and com­mit­ments in such a process was ini­ti­ated, how­ever progress has been slow due to bud­getary con­straints to con­vene meet­ings for aware­ness build­ing and con­sul­ta­tions with key stake­hold­ers,” she said.

The ICCWC is en­vis­aged to stream­line mea­sures that have al­ready been adopted un­der the var­i­ous UN Con­ven­tions against Transna­tional Or­gan­ised Crime and res­o­lu­tions made un­der CITES.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira re­quested as­sis­tance in strength­en­ing ca­pac­ity to deal with wildlife cy­ber­crime and fi­nan­cial in­tel­li­gence mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems at na­tional level, train­ing and ex­po­sure to var­i­ous tools that have been de­vel­oped to fa­cil­i­tate for bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing on il­le­gal wildlife trade.

She asked for help in strength­en­ing Zim­babwe’s ca­pac­ity to deal with wildlife law-en­force­ment in­side the pro­tected area net­work.

“Zim­babwe has a ranger-based sys­tem for re­source pro­tec­tion in the parks es­tate,” said Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira.

En­vi­ron­ment, Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira meets Bri­tish For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice Min­is­ter for Africa Mrs Harriet Bald­win in Lon­don yes­ter­day

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