Advocate Jacob Mudenda

On the 1st of November three years ago, the European Union block took a step towards the normalisation of relations with Zimbabwe by allowing the appropriate measures under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement to expire.

This has resulted in the block intensifying policy dialogue with Harare and a commitment to continue supporting the country in various sectors, including the development of strong governance institutions.

This Monday, the EU head of delegation to Zimbabwe Ambassador Phillipe Van Damme paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda to review progress in the implementation of some of the programmes.

Ambassador Van Damme who was accompanied by the head of governance and social sectors Mr Nicholas Taylor held a closed door meeting with Advocate Mudenda, some senior officials from parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Ambassador Van Damme says the EU is expected to roll out the second phase of the support programme to Zimbabwe and the meeting was to review progress achieved in the implementation of some governance programmes being funded by the EU.

The renewed partnership between the EU block and Harare should lead to more efficient and effective use of development funding in helping address the reform agenda of the government, noted Ambassador Van Damme, who also revealed that he also held a meeting with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Dr John Mangudya on economic reforms.

The national indicative programme is a joint cooperation policy developed by the government of Zimbabwe and the EU.

The nip outline, which is within the 11th European Development Fund has seen Zimbabwe receiving development assistance from the EU and responds to some of the national priorities outlined in the national economic blueprint, the ZIM-ASSET and the 10-Point Plan for Economic Growth.

The support targets various projects being carried out in the areas of health, agriculture and institution building.