A high-powered delegation of Iranian business women and the Kenyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joice Mujuru with the aim of initiating cooperation in women empowerment programmes among the countries.
First to pay a courtesy call to Vice President Mujuru was the Iranian business women delegation led by Iranian economic tycoon, Ms Seyedeh Fatemeh Moghimi.
Ms Moghimi, who is also Chairperson of the Business Women Council of Iran and Advisor to the Iranian President on Women Entrepreneursâ€™ Affairs, revealed that her mission is to find ways of enhancing partnerships in business for the women of the two countries.
She said since Zimbabwe and Iran share the same political background and are under sanctions from the West it is time the two countries work together to show the world that they can manage without external help.
â€œThere are so many things in common between Iran and Zimbabwe and we should continue working together for the betterment of the two countries,â€ she said.
Iranian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Mohammad Pournajaf said the visit marks the beginning of the implementation of the Zimbabwe/Iran Joint Commission which was signed at beginning of the year.
â€œThe Joint Commission is very importantâ€¦we are here not to give fish to Zimbabweans but to train them how to catch fish,â€ added Mr Pournajaf.
Vice President Mujuru told the 3-member delegation that Zimbabwean women are willing to partner their Iranian counterparts in business, adding that Zimbabwe has launched a women investment fund through a local bank to instill a saving culture among women.
â€œWe are now trying to build this in our peopleâ€¦so they are now able to save, plan and use whatever they can get quite wisely,â€ commented Cde Mujuru.
Second to pay a courtesy call on the Vice President was Kenyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Josephine Awuor who has been in the country for only three months.Â
Ambassador Awuor said Zimbabwe and Kenya have a lot to learn from each other in women empowerment especially in micro finance.
â€œPolitical will is required if women are to be economically empowered.Â Kenya is currently hosting a big women conference where the Vice President is set to attend before the end of the week,â€Ambassador Awuor said.
In Zimbabwe, women constitute 52% of the population, but the majority of them are economically marginalised.