A high powered parliamentary delegation of the Iran Zimbabwe Friendship Association has met with the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on External Relations at Parliament Building in Harare this morning.
The two sides exchanged ideas on the implementation of various agreements and give fresh impetus to existing cooperation in the areas of textiles and agriculture where joint ventures were established with Motira Tractors and Modzone textile factory in Chitungwiza.
The two sides agreed that these enterprises should be reinvigorated.
The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the banking sectors were other issues that dominated discussions, with portfolio committee member, Priscillah Misihairabwi Mushonga expressed at the absence of women in the Iranian delegation, yet women can work together in women’s bank for the benefit of the two countries.
Zimbabwe exports mainly tobacco to Iran, while the Persian country is also interested in cooperation in several sectors including mining.
After the meeting, the Iranian delegation went on to meet the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, where the two sides bemoaned lack of implementation of agreed bilateral ventures.
Advocate Mudenda said lots of talk without implementation of the bilateral agreement is useless.
The two sides agreed that the ambassadors of the two countries should do more to ensure the holding of the next joint commission and set goals.
Advocate Mudenda also called for the lifting of sanctions against both Iran and Zimbabwe, saying there is need for diplomatic solutions in resolving problems between nations instead of resorting to confrontation in form of sanctions.
He also spoke at length on the need for the Parliament of Zimbabwe to engage the central bank and remove obstacles hampering remittances back home by Iranian companies doing business in Zimbabwe.
He said the two sides should also single out those parts of Zimbabwe’s indigenisation laws where they have reservations and find amicable solutions that can drive trade forward.
Advocate Mudenda also touched on the need for Zimbabwean and Iranian parliaments to work together to engage Israel over the Palestinian issue.