Indonesian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Stephanos Yuwono has delivered a special message to National Assembly Speaker, Advocate Jacob Mudenda from his Indonesian counterpart, inviting him to the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development to be held in Bali from 6th to 7th of September this year.

The parliamentary forum will examine how parliaments can push for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the case of Zimbabwe, the parliament has formed an expanded committee comprising all chairpersons of parliamentary committees to ensure that the SDGs are mainstreamed throughout the work of the committees and ensure the proposed budgetary allocations respond to the implementation of SDGs.

Advocate Mudenda noted that parliament can play a role in the implementation of SDGs in a number of ways that include ensuring that the budget allocations stipulated are adhered to in the areas of health and education.

He said it is crucial for higher education to get adequate funding because industrialisation of the economy is not possible without adequate training from higher education.

Africa has also adopted industrialisation as a priority and according to Advocate Mudenda, SDGs are inseparable from the bill of rights.

The Speaker also said Zimbabwe should take advantage of the void left by the European Union (EU) when it withdrew the Zimbabwean beef quota by exporting beef to Indonesia.

The Indonesian ambassador also spoke about the need to increase trade between Zimbabwe and the South East Asian country and the need to increase the number of Zimbabwean students going to study in Indonesia.

He also proposed a direct flight between Jakarta and Victoria Falls following the commissioning of the Victoria Falls International Airport.

Indonesia currently imports cotton from Zimbabwe and also requires Zimbabwean beef.