Zimbabwe-Britain re-engagement was taken to a higher level when the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr Sibusiso Moyo and the Zimbabwean Embassy in the United Kingdom hosted the UK Minister of State for Africa, Ms Harriet Baldwin at a reception to mark Zimbabwe’s 38th independence anniversary in London yesterday evening (Wednesday).
Minister Moyo is now on the second leg of his re-engagement mission after dazzling Wall Street investors in New York following years of economic isolation.
In his address at Zimbabwe House in London, Minister Moyo described Ms Baldwin’s presence at the reception as a cherished omen on the two countries renewed friendship.
He expressed Zimbabwe’s wish for the betterment of bilateral relations as he echoed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s message that Zimbabwe is open for business and friendship.
He told the gathering which included fellow Zimbabweans that the presence of Ms Baldwin at the celebrations was indicative that Britain was willing to re-engage with Zimbabwe.
Minister Moyo said Zimbabwe’s 38th independence anniversary celebrations should be seen as a day of renewed hope, political rejuvenation and for the country to recommit itself to international partners and friends.
The minister stressed the need for Zimbabweans to cherish the freedom the country enjoys and to study and teach the country’s history.
Minister Moyo is in the United Kingdom at the invitation of his counterpart Boris Johnson to attend the commonwealth meeting.
He expressed Zimbabwe’s willingness to be readmitted into the organisation that brings together former British colonies.
Before his United Kingdom leg, the re-engagement team was in New York United States of America where Zimbabwe’s team that included Special Adviser to the President Cde Chris Mutsvangwa and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Dr John Mangudya dazzled Wall Street investors, after years of isolation.
They shared their Zimbabwean story to the 60 Wall Street fund managers and institutional potential investors.
The presentation on Zimbabwe covered the macroeconomic and investment reforms, the re-engagement and debt arrears clearance strategy and Zimbabwe’s economic prospects.