President Mnangagwa receives new envoys
Harare (New Ziana) – Tanzania and Egypt on Thursday pledged to transform the already excellent political ties with Zimbabwe into mutually beneficial economic relations.
Both Tanzania and Egypt have ties with Zimbabwe dating back to the days of the war of liberation when the former hosted guerrilla training camps while the latter offered advanced training for selected cadres.
To advance the envisaged economic cooperation agenda, the two countries sent new envoys who presented their credentials to President Emerson Mnangagwa at State House.
Professor Emmanuel Mbennah, Tanzania’s new diplomat to Zimbabwe said he was determined to facilitate new levels of economic cooperation between the two countries.
“I would like to take our cooperation to new levels, especially because we already have very high levels of political ties. We would like to expand the economic ties,” he said.
He said he brought with him lessons on how his country had managed to attain middle income economy status.
Zimbabwe is targeting to transform into an upper middle income economy by 2030.
Egypt’s new ambassador Mahmoud Farouk Yousef Amer said Cairo was eagerly anticipating close economic ties with Harare.
“This is the directive that His Excellency President Sisi and His Excellency President Mnangagwa have directed me to work on to improve the economic and commercial relations to bring them to par with the excellent political relations that we have between both our countries,” he said.
South Korea also deployed a new envoy to Zimbabwe who also presented his credentials to President Mnangagwa.
Seoul’s top diplomat in Harare, Do Bong-Kae identified Zimbabwe’s huge human resources development as an area of potential cooperation.
“Zimbabwe has high level of human resources and Korea also has very educated human resources in Asia, why not share our experiences for economic development? I will do my best for my country to share experiences with Zimbabwe,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church sent in the Vatican’s new envoy to Harare.
Bishop Paolo Rudeli said the Church was ready to assist Zimbabwe mitigate challenges posed by Covid-19.
“The Pope himself sent some contribution, in money and in kind, to the Church in Zimbabwe in order to cope with this pandemic and besides that we also hope to do our best to help the catholic institution in this country,” he said.