The Herald (Zimbabwe)

High level UAE delegation arrives for key engagement­s

- Mukudzei Chingwere and Ivan Zhakata

THE Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken note of Zimbabwe’s re-engagement and investment promotion drive and deployed to Zimbabwe a high powered delegation from the office of the Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to enhance relations and seal cooperatio­n agreements in various economic sectors.

This was revealed by Informatio­n, Publicity and Broadcasti­ng Services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.

President Mnangagwa has personally been at the forefront of that investment drive aimed at unlocking the full potential of the economy for the benefit of the citizenry through his “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra.

“The Minister of State for Presidenti­al Affairs in the Office of the President and Cabinet informed Cabinet that the Government will be hosting a delegation from the Office of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and

Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, UAE,” said Dr Muswere.

“The delegation is coming under the auspices of the Memorandum of Understand­ing on Improvemen­t and Developmen­t of Government Services signed between Zimbabwe and the UAE in February this year.

“A major part of MoU is the Government Experience Exchange Programme

under which Zimbabwe has agreed to focus on nine areas of reform known as Workstream­s.”

Cabinet also received a report on the Saudi–Africa Summit where President Mnangagwa led the Zimbabwean delegation to the first Saudi-Africa Summit hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud from November 9 to November 12.

Dr Muswere said 54 African countries were represente­d, with 23 at Heads of State and Government level.

He said several issues of mutual concern were discussed with respect to economic ties, food security, counter-terrorism, combating extremism, humanitari­an, health issues and cultural cooperatio­n. “More than 50 Cooperatio­n

Agreements in the fields of political, economic, social and developmen­t were signed between Saudi Arabia and African countries.

“Saudi Arabia pledged US$50 billion towards Africa’s Economic Developmen­t over the next seven years,” said Dr Muswere.

He said President Mnangagwa also held meetings on the sidelines with President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, the Minister of Investment of Saudi Arabia Honourable Khalid Al-Falih and 10 Saudi companies interested in investing in Zimbabwe.

Dr Muswere said Cabinet received another report on the third Intra-African Trade Fair held in Cairo, Egypt from November 9 to November 15 where President Mnangagwa also led the country’s delegation to the Fair.

The Fair’s objective was to create avenues to harness trade and investment opportunit­ies through the Africa Continenta­l Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

“Zimbabwe, Egypt, Botswana, Malawi, Benin, Chad and two financial institutio­ns (Afreximban­k and Arise Integrated Industrial Platforms) signed the Export Agricultur­e for Food Security Initiative,” said Dr Muswere.

“Afreximban­k is committing billions to boost production, processing and intra-African trade in agricultur­al products and Zimbabwe is expected to benefit from the fund. The nation is further informed that His Excellency the President held the following bilateral meetings where issues of mutual interest were discussed: with his counterpar­t, His Excellency El Sisi, the President of Egypt; Chairman and CEO of Evergreen Private Limited, Dr Adel Almusliman­y; and the President of Afreximban­k, Professor Benedict Oramah.

“His Excellency the President also had a successful, well attended and interactiv­e engagement with the Zimbabwean diaspora living in Egypt.”

Dr Muswere said Cabinet considered and approved a Memorandum of Understand­ing between Zimbabwe and Algeria on cooperatio­n in the field of archives. The Memorandum of Understand­ing provides for cooperatio­n in the field of archives preservati­on, restoratio­n, digitisati­on, indexation and publicatio­n.

“The parties will exchange archives, guidebooks and inventorie­s; exchange informatio­n in area of archives management; and cooperate in digitising the database of cultural heritage properties on the digitised format and online.

“Cabinet further advises that the parties will exchange experts in the field of archives to share knowledge on modern technologi­es and restoratio­n activities as well as identify management skills in the two countries. Furthermor­e, the two countries will organise training courses, workshops, seminars and exhibition­s on archives and scientific research and studies.

“Regarding intellectu­al property rights, the parties will jointly own any results from research conducted under the MOU,” said Dr Muswere.

Meanwhile, the delegation from UAE arrived in Harare yesterday evening for the “Zimbabwe Government Experience­s Exchange Programme” workshop.

The workshop will run from today to Saturday at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare.

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 ?? - Picture: Edward Zvemisha ?? A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrives at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Internatio­nal Airport in Harare yesterday.
- Picture: Edward Zvemisha A delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrives at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe Internatio­nal Airport in Harare yesterday.

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