Zimbabwe’s engage and re-engagement policy continues to bear fruit with the latest contingent from eight global economic superpowers, most of whom have maintained frosty relations with Harare, paying a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda today.
They were, however, appraised of the political and economic reforms being undertaken by government.
The United States of America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Germany, Sweden, Australia, the Netherlands and Japan have for almost two decades maintained uneasy relations with Harare, choosing to remain blinkered to the reality that the illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe are stifling the potential economic growth the country abundantly holds and at the same time hitting hard on the ordinary citizens.
It was therefore interesting when the eight ambassadors from these globally influential economic powerhouses paid a courtesy call on Advocate Mudenda.
Among other things, the delegation was anxious to get an in-depth understanding of the political and economic reforms that Zimbabwe is making, according to US Ambassador Brian Nichols.
“We wanted to get an in-depth understanding of the reforms that Zimbabwe is making, both political and economic. We were impressed by what the Advocate Mudenda told us. Our particular interest was reforms in those areas that have been debated internationally,” said Ambassador Nichols.
The team also had some recommendations to make to the speaker and indeed to the government of Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabwe is involved in broad economic reforms under IMF staff monitored programme. It is important that political reforms keep pace with economic refoms to ensure Zimbabwe is better able to access international credit and financing for the second stage of reforms,” Ambassador Nichols said.
While Zimbabwe continues on this trajectory, which is acknowledged as a positive one by the international community, Ambassador Nichols said the world, in particular private investors, is eager to hear what President Emmerson Mnangagwa has to offer the world when he speaks at the USA-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique from 18 to 21 June.
Just like with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this will be the first time that Zimbabwe will attend the meeting, a platform where USA and African business executives as well as heads of state interact.