Outgoing Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Yoshi Hiraishi who has been in the country for nearly 3 years says he is happy following the resumption of development assistance to Zimbabwe after a 15-year break which occurred in 2000 in the wake of the land reform programme.

Ambassador Hiraishi made the remarks after meeting Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare.

Ambassador Hiraishi said he has visited every province in the country and was involved in various grassroots projects whose major highlight was the Nyakomba Irrigation Scheme in Nyanga.

Other projects include building of classroom blocks in rural schools, toilets, supply of hospital equipment and demining.

The Japanese government is also involved in the development of sport at Danhiko.

Vice President Mphoko expressed great appreciation to the ambassador for the resumption of bilateral cooperation between the two countries which saw President Robert Mugabe also attending two major summits in Japan.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mphoko has invited Germany to partner Zimbabwe in rebuilding infrastructure destroyed by floods and in the realisation of major infrastructure projects in different economic sectors.

Vice President Mphoko extended the invitation when he met the German ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Thorsten Hutter in Harare today.

Mr Hutter said he would soon take a German business delegation to Bulawayo where they will tour some of the projects being done by the German government in the area.

Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge and a German businessman also attended the meeting.