The governments of Zimbabwe and the Russian Federation have signed three memoranda of understanding to deepen economic ties between the long time friends whose relations date back to Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.
The signing ceremony took place at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare today when the visiting Russian Foreign Minister Mr Sergey Lavrov met President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Also in attendance as the signing ceremony were Vice President Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga, Ministers Winston Chitando, Chris Mushohwe, Mike Bimha, Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, Special Advisor to the President Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo, senior government officials and the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Mikail Bogdanov.
The first MOU to be singed is on mutual cooperation in the field of industry signed between the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Enterprise Development Dr Mike Bimha and Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.
It was followed by another one on the implementation of the project on the establishment of the Russian Industrial Zone in Zimbabwe.
The third MOU relates to the modernisation of Zimbabwe’s agricultural industry which was signed between Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Mr Georgy Kalamanov.
Lavrov visit hailed
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe and Russia have expressed satisfaction with the visit by the Special Envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Lavrov, saying it will cement relations on bilateral and cooperation issues.
In a wide ranging interview, the two ministers clarified various issues pertaining to Africa and the world at large.
Minister Lavrov said Russia never interferes in the internal affairs of other nations as every nation has the right to choose its own friends and policies, unlike some countries that meddle into the affairs of other nations with a view to influencing the course of events in those countries and the wishes of the people in elections.
He said Russia was visiting friendly countries on the continent to further deepen ties in the new times, especially in the economic sector.
Mr Lavrov’s visit comes at a time when the new political dispensation in Zimbabwe is inviting foreign direct investment through favourable business policies to attract capital.
Russia was among the first countries to welcome the new political dispensation in the country.
Mr Lavrov revealed his African tour has seen him visiting Angola, Namibia, and Mozambique and from Zimbabwe he was proceeding to Ethiopia.