The Minister of Foreign Affairs Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi says President Robert Mugabe has become the leading voice of economic diplomacy.
Speaking to Zimbabwean journalists on the sidelines of the 27th World Economic Forum for Africa in Durban this Wednesday afternoon, Cde Mumbengegwi said while political diplomacy dominated deliberations at several regional at international platforms , Cde Mugabe has become a leading voice in championing economic diplomacy.
This is demonstrated by his role in the promulgation of ZIM ASSET back home and the fact that the SADC Industriliasation Roadmap and Strategy were formulated and adopted in Zimbabwe during his chairmanship of the organisation.
Cde Mugabe was also chairman when the continental body, the African Union, came up with Agenda 2063, a programme that aims at promoting industrialisation and inter-regional cooperation and trade in Africa.
At home, the President is promoting value addition and beneficiation of the abundant resources that the country has and the creation of employment and revival of industries.